Birth Doulas (birth coaches) provide emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, birth and after the baby arrives.
Doula's provide comforting touch (massage & counter-pressure), encouragement (guided meditation, visualizations and positive affirmations), position coaching (suggesting best ways to sit, stand, squat and lay down during birth), support for your partner (helping them be comfortably involved during labor), birth knowledge (explain the birth process, medical procedures and help understanding interventions), breastfeeding support (when in the hospital and at home we make sure you have the support you need to achieve your breastfeeding goals), transition support to a life with a new born baby (postpartum doulas, recommendations and hands-on knowledge/tips).
How I Doula:
As your Doula, I am here to support the kind of birth experience you want to have. I am non-judgmental in my approach to “Doulaing” my clients. I work to make sure you are well-informed and can make the best decision for you.
As a Doula I provide knowledge, resources and hands-on natural pain management during labor. If there is something I can not provide for you, I have a large network throughout the tri-state area to which I can refer you. I am on call for my clients and no question is too small or silly to ask! This is your journey and you should be able to get answers to all of the questions you have!
How I can help:
Whether it is your first child or your third, many times there are different questions lingering in your mind about your pregnancy, birth and what happens after the baby arrives. As your Doula, I can help answer questions such as: What if I can't connect with my Doctor? What is a home birth like? What should I do to prepare for a VBAC? What will breastfeeding be like? How will I know I am in labor? What will happen if my doctor wants to induce me? What really happens if I get an epidural? How do I tell a family member I don't want them at the birth (it happens)? What will the healing time be like after birth? What are the "mommy blues"? How do I change a diaper?
So as you can see, a Doula will play an important role in helping you understand all of the options and big decisions you will be making on your birth journey. There are many great resources about the benefits of a Doula. Please click the button below to learn more: