The word “doula” is a Greek word that means “woman caregiver” or “a woman who serves.”
We are trained and experienced professional who provides continuous emotional, physical and educational support to women and their partners throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery as well as the postpartum period. We possesses significant knowledge and experience that allows us to communicate, educate and advocate with a high degree of professionalism and kindness. We are the often the liaisons between the medical staff and the expecting family. We are there to help families keep their ideal birth plan within reach. Studies have proven that women who hire doulas are less likely to have unnecessary medical interventions that can snowball into undesirable birth experiences.
Our purpose is to assist women in labor in order to have safe, memorable and empowering birth stories. We are a calm, nurturing, and reassuring presence for new parents but most importantly we are a continual source of support.
We doulas carry this knowledge and training in addition to many “tricks up our sleeves” to help laboring women find comfort and focus during their birth.
Natural pain relief techniques include (but are not limited to):
the use of a rebozo wrap, peanut ball and/or birth ball
using heat/ice with rice packs, heating pads, wash cloths
breathing and relaxation
positive birth affirmations