What is a Doula and what does she do?

The word Doula has its origins as an ancient Greek word meaning female servant. Doula has evolved to mean a woman knowledgeable about childbirth and who provides continuous labour support.

A doula is well educated about various medical procedures used in pregnancy and childbirth and can provide information about these before and during the labour and birth.

A doula is trained in how to provide comfort, support, and encouragement to the labouring woman. She helps to include the woman's partner in the birthing experience.

A Doula assists in establishing breastfeeding and can offer some troubleshooting advice.

 


Doula Benefits

From Klaus and Kennell Study: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter and Healthier Birth. 1993



My Service Package

Initial consultation; getting to know each other

Two prenatal visits; addressing any concerns, creating a birth plan

24 hour telephone access

Labour and delivery support; continuous support

One postnatal visit; help with breastfeeding, addressing any concerns

As a doula I can help provide emotional and physical support as well as information to help mom and partner make informed decisions.

I do not take the place of the birthing woman's partner but will encourage and support the partner in becoming part of the birthing process.

I offer continuous labour and delivery support. Massage, visualization, and positioning are some of the techniques that I use. I believe in a woman's ability to give birth.

 


My Biography

I am the mother of three beautiful children, all whom have been breastfed, and a Global Birth Institute trained doula.

I created OceanSide Doula Services in July of 2003 as a way to fulfill the need for professional birthing support, for women and their partners.

I trained as a Medical Office Assistant in 1998. It was a natural draw towards pregnancy and infants that changed my career path as well as an interest in helping mothers achieve the birth they desire.



OceanSide Doula Services

2218 Wellington Rd East

Nanaimo, BC

V9R 6V8

Phone: (250) 753-5889

Email: ocean_doula_services@canada.com



Additional Resources

Internet

www.babycenter.com

www.lalecheleague.org

www.breastfeeding.com

pregnancyandbaby.com

www.thenaturalmotherstore.com

www.lifepassages.net

www.mynapsak.com

Books

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

The Birth Book by William and Martha Sears

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International staff