What "Doula" Do?

I am so excited to share that I will now be offering doula services.  

WHAT IS A DOULA?

 As a birth doula, I provide emotional and physical support to a woman during her labor and delivery to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.  It is my strong belief that the work of a doula is comes from the heart. I use a holistic approach that supports and empowers clients as they navigate each stage of pregnancy and labor. 

AS A DOULA I WILL:

*Recognize and support birth as a pivotal experience in a mother's life.

*Understand and support the physiological and emotional need of a woman in labor.

*Assist the woman in preparing for and carrying out her birth preferences.

*Provide continuous support for the mother throughout her labor.

*Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as
well as information needed to make informed decisions. 

*Supports communication between the laboring women, her partner, and her clinical care providers. 

*Nurtures and protects the woman's memory of the birth experience.

*Supports the women's partner so that they can participate at his/her comfort level.

AS A DOULA I WILL NOT:

*Perform clinical tasks, such as taking blood pressure, fetal heart checks or vaginal exams.  I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support and facilitate communication between you and the staff.  

*Make decisions for you.  I will help you get the information that you need to make and informed decision.  I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth preferences.

*Speak to the staff on your behalf.  I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, as well as encourage you to voice your opinions, questions and concerns to the staff.  

Finally, research evidence shows that support of a doula significantly improves birth outcomes in addition, services provided to a family by a doula in the postpartum period can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improves parental satisfaction and decreases the risk of mood disorders.  

A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).

I am now accepting clients for September, late October, and beyond. I look forward to chatting with you soon.  For more information please feel free to email me at: Amystoks@gmail.com

Photography Credit: Colby Elizabeth Photography.