BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT

Every family deserves a doula!

WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?

A birth doula refers to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.


A Birth Doula:

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life

  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor

  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth

  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor

  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions

  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers

  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience

  • Encourages the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level



Birth Doula Do's and Don'ts:

  • A doula understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour

  • A doula provides hands on support and comfort measures during early and active labour

  • A doula assists you to find evidence and current research to help you make informed decisions

  • A doula attends and supports women in all types of births whether in home or hospital

  • A doula should not speak or make decisions for the family

  • A doula should not dictate when and where birth should happen

  • A doula should not perform clinical skills such as fetal repositioning, dilation checks or fetal monitoring.

  • A doula should not have an agenda and should not influence or encourage a family to birth in a particular way.

 

 


DOULAS & PARTNERS

Will a doula replace my partner?  NO!

Many partners are eager to be involved during labor and birth. Others, no less loving or committed to the mother's well-being, find it difficult to navigate in uncharted waters. With a doula, the partner can share in the birth at a level that feels most comfortable. The doula's skills and knowledge can help the partner to feel more relaxed. If the partner wants to offer physical comfort, such as a back massage or change of positions, and help the mother to stay focused during contractions, the doula can provide that guidance and make suggestions for what may work best.

SPECIALIZING IN
 

Home Births     ○      Hospital Births

Medicated Births     ○      Medication Free Births     

VBACs     ○     Cesareans         ○       Inductions     ○     Multiples 



SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH ALL CARE PROVIDERS

Physicians     ○        Midwives    ○      Obstetricians

SERVING FAMILIES IN THE OKANAGAN VALLEY

Penticton     ○     Kelowna     ○     Vernon

Summerland      ○      Peachland

Ok Falls    ○    Oliver     ○    Osoyoos    ○    Keremeos   ○   Princeton

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