What are the advantages of a doula?
There are several benefits of having a doula at your birth.
Birth is not an illness!
"The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there's trouble. The obstetrician normally sees childbirth as trouble: if he leaves it alone, it's a miracle."
– Sheila Stubbs
Why do YOU need a Doula?
A Doula is a person experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing person/family before, during and just after childbirth.
Trained Doulas understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a person in labor. Generally, Doulas believe that pregnancy and birth are normal, natural and healthy processes. This includes preparation for birth helping the laboring person with encouragement, comfort measures, relaxation techniques, and an objective viewpoint, as well as support after childbirth, such as help with breastfeeding.
How can I help you?
Hi! I'm Yvonne. As a trained doula, I can assist you in preparing for and carrying out the plans for your birth. I will help to facilitate communication between you, your partner (co-parent) and your clinical care providers. I will be with you throughout the birthing process and assist you with breast/chest feeding, following the birth, to help to avoid complications.
Once we have entered into an agreement, I make myself available to you 24/7 for telephone conversations, email and text contact. We will have at least two meetings before your birth to discuss the issues important to both you and your partner (co-parent) help you to write your birth plan (requests or wish lists) and go over birthing positions and ways to be more comfortable during your labor. We will also to view a (optional) birth video together to discuss the birthing process in depth. I want to help make this...YOUR BIRTH ! Giving birth is something you will remember for a lifetime. I will help to make it a memorable experience by taking care of the small details, help to answer questions as they arise, and to be there for YOU.
I also have a wonderful group of persons I work with as back-ups (www.bestdoulas.com) . I very carefully keep my calendar booked with only 1-2 clients per month to assure my presence at your special event. The only event(s) that would require my back up would be if I were ill or at another birth. This gives you the added security of knowing there will always be someone there for you in your time of need.
After your birth, I keep myself available to you by telephone, plus we will also have one postpartum visit to discuss your blessed event and help answer questions you might have. I will write an account of your birth in a letter (timeline) to your baby, as a keepsake, and at that time I am available to assist you with any breast/chest feeding issues or other problems you may be having.
Let's be in touch!