[dc]T[/dc]he official definition of Doula starts by explaining how it comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “a woman who serves” and… usually people tune out after that. I say forget “female servant”. A doula is your own personal birth fairy!
Your doula will provide PHYSICAL SUPPORT, by suggesting the best labor positions for your particular circumstances, massaging your back, feeding you ice chips, making sure you don’t fall over as you get in and out of the tub, or just making the room dim, calm and peaceful and observing quietly from the sidelines, if that is what you need.
Your doula will provide EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, by reassuring and encouraging you, anticipating what will come next and listening to what you and your whole body are saying, not just to the words that are coming out of your mouth. Their goal is to make you feel safe and cared for.
Your doula will provide INFORMATIONAL SUPPORT, by explaining what you may be experiencing. Their birth knowledge and training allow them to objectively observe the big picture while keeping an eye on the little details. This gives them a unique vantage point from where to compare reality with your birth plan wishes, and help you advocate for what’s most important to you.
Your doula will provide support to your PARTNER and/or FAMILY as well, by allowing and encouraging them to participate at their comfort level. Your doula can suggest ways your partner can assist you, remind your partner of what they learned through pregnancy or let them take the lead. Your doula will even make sure they don’t forget to eat, hydrate and go to the bathroom, so that your partner maintains their energy as well.
[dc]P[/dc]ostpartum doulas are wondrous professionals that help you recover and transition into your new family dynamics well after the baby is born. They can help with newborn care, lactation, emotional support of the complete family unit and even do some light housework. As opposed to a baby nurse, who usually just focuses on issues relating to the baby, a postpartum doula focuses on the well being of everyone in the family. Particularly the birthing parent, because if they are happy, everyone’s happy.
We are not postpartum doulas, but we can recommend several fabulous ones. Contact us if you need one!
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