* Is aware of birth as a key life experience that the person will remember all her life.
* Understands the bodily processes of birth and the emotional needs of a person throughout labor.
* Supports the person and her co-parent in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth, as well as being prepared to be "un-prepared".
* Stays by the side of the laboring person from the moment she is called in and throughout the entire labor.
* Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the person in getting the information she/her/they/them needs to make good decisions.
* Facilitates communication between the laboring person, the co-parent and clinical care providers.
* Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the person's memory of her/she/they/them birth experience.
* Maintains all information received from her clients as Confidential.
Services and People I recommend
www.mommyfeelgood.com Placenta Encapsulation
www.imagineyourbirth.com Kathy Killebrew, Pasadena area birthing teacher
www.spinningbabies.com Easier Childbirth with Fetal Positioning.
www.tclwomanscenter.com Davi Khalsa CNM (home birth midwife)
www.shootsandgiggles.com Birth and Newborn Photography
www.bestdoulas.com My backup group of awesome doulas
http://michelehakakhamd.com/ Wonderful MD who works out of Cedars
Jessica Schneider, MD Cedars
http://www.birthingrhythm.com/ Beth Cannon (home birth midwife)
http://www.birthinginstincts.com/ Stuart Fischbein MD (home birth, breech and twin provider)
Companies I use:
Excellent Essentail Oils: Jade Bloom bit.ly/2URrBnb
I love these essential oils. There are many options you can't find elsewhere. Plus there is a great guide available to help you decide which oils are right for you.
Organic Skin Care: Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Clean and organic products for you and your whole family. The BABY products are amazing!
Many persons think that their labor will begin with their water breaking and then the contractions. Contrary to popular belief, this is not always the case. Only 15% of pregnant persons have the experience of their water breaking unexpectedly. Most labors begin with contractions and then their water breaks (fast gush or slow trickle) or the doctor may break it for them.
Epidural or Doula? Or both?
8 reasons to hire a Doula even if you plan to have an epidural
1. Most of the time the person is required to do some laboring before an epidural can be administered.
2. Occasionally the anesthesiologist is unavailable for a period of time.
3. Sometimes a person labors so quickly there is not time for an epidural.
4. Though the person does not feel her contractions as intensely, she still has all the same emotions of a laboring person.
5. Epidurals do not hold your hand, play soft music, rub your shoulders or explain what is happening. Your Doula is available to offer emotional support throughout your entire labor.
6. Doulas know many techniques that may lessen the adverse side effects of an epidural.
7. A Doula can be useful in the pushing stage, as the woman has decreased feeling and may need intense coaching and assistance with positioning.
8. Epidurals don't always provide 100% pain relief
Helping to cope with pain is only one small part of the doulas role. She can provide prenatal education, physical comfort, emotional reassurance, assistance with breastfeeding and take pictures!