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I strongly believe that our bodies were created to conceive, carry, deliver and feed our children but realize that sometimes interventions are helpful and necessary. Every woman should know ALL her options and be allowed to deliver and feed her child how she chooses without bullying or judgment. Childbirth has the potential to unlock beautiful secrets within you. You are not just birthing your baby, you are birthing your motherhood and it would be my honor to stand by your side and witness what God has planned for you on this big day. Blessings to you on your beautiful journey.

Doula? Do What?

Beautiful Mama, Beautiful BellyA doula is a vital part of the labor/delivery team who provides various forms of support to laboring women. A doula is a continuous care provider for labor. Doulas do not provide medical treatment; however, most are knowledgeable in many medical and clinical aspects of labor and delivery so they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures, possible complications and what to expect after the delivery. A Monitrice is someone who has received specialized training in addition to doula training (nursing school, apprenticeships, workshops and other types of specific skills training) and is able to provide certain clinical services that can be helpful in evaluating labor progression and assessing safety parameters.

The doula is also an ally to the father or partner. Their respective roles are similar, but the differences are crucial. The father or partner typically has little actual experience in dealing with the intense pressure of the labor process, and may receive enormous benefit from the experienced presence of a doula. Even more important, many fathers experience the birth as an emotional journey of their own and find it hard to be objective in such a situation. A doula will be able to enhance the partner’s role and make him/her more available to the mother. Studies have shown that fathers usually participate more actively during labor with the presence of a doula.

The terms of a doula’s role in each situation are determined between the doula and the family usually during the first prenatal visit. In addition to emotional, physical and informational support, doulas work as advocates of their client’s wishes and may assist the family in communicating with medical staff or by obtaining information for the client to make informed decisions regarding medical procedures to ensure that the mother’s birth plan is respected.

Additional Information on Doulas can be found on Wikipedia and on my resources page.