What is a doula?
As a birth doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I have been attending births since 2004. In 2007 I completed DONA training and hold a DONA(CD) Certificate. I draw on my professional training, knowledge, and experience to provide emotional support and physical comfort. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, and positioning and other techniques for comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
I will meet with you and your partner at least once to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns. We will also discuss your birth plan and to plan how we might best work together. I also want to know your best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner forsee working together. I will also inform you of times when I am unavailable for labor support. To cover those times, I will arrange one or more qualified back-up doulas whom you may also meet. You may also decide on other meetings and will remain in touch by telephone and or email.
I usually remain with you for one or two hours after the birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together. I can also help with initial breastfeeding, if you wish. I am available to answer questions about the birth or your baby. Within a few weeks, I check in to see how you and your baby are doing. We can review the birth and I can get feedback from you about my role.
Give me a call or drop me an email so that we can talk about your plans for the birth of your baby! (309) 453-0409 firstname.lastname@example.org