Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Sooo ... what the heck is a Doula anyway?
If you have come to this page, I'm going to assume you have no clue. Just to make it easy I'll explain it how I explained it to my husband.
No. I am not a midwife or a medical professional trained to deliver babies. No, I am not just another person yelling "push" at the delivery. No, I am not a babysitter or a maid. No, I am not a bossy snarkypants telling the doctor (or medical staff) what YOU (the birthing person) do or do not want. No, I don't replace family or spouse.
Now we got the "I am not's ", out of the way; Let's talk about what a Doula is.
A Doula is a certified and trained professional. Some Doula's are only trained for birth, some for only postpartum, and some for both ( not to toot my own horn but.. I have training and expertise in both birth and the postpartum period) . Doula's are a listener, a coach, an information source, a helper, a cheerleader, a confidant, and much more. Many Doula's are trained and experienced in breastfeeding education as well as bottle feeding and pumping. We help you understand your choices and help to make sure you have the time and or space to make your decisions. We have a repertoire of reputable local resources that we can and will refer you to if needed. We are the much needed bridge between the resources you may need or benefit from and you. We can help cook or clean or watch baby so you can nap or shower. We are here to help you find your way through the challenges of becoming a parent.
Doulas also have the training to help your progress through your labour with less interventions. Using methods such as, hip squeezes and massage to help you cope with contractions, breathing techniques and affirmations to help you remain calm, position changes and series of movements to help baby move down throu the pelvis, and so much more.
Doulas are are here to help you and your new family transition to your," new normal", from birthnto diapers we are a support to help you with what you need.
We are HELP and we are a resource you can rely on.
Hopefully that answered your question. If not shoot me a line Im always happy to chat further!