Birth Doula Services
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As part of the Birth Doula Package, our second prenatal visit will consist of “labor support practice” where we will take time to practice things like comfort massage, labor positions, hip squeezes, Rebozo sifting, and talk about support measures you are drawn to such as music, ambiance, essential oils, sleep mask, pillow usage, visualizations and mindfulness practices. We will talk through how to use the tools available to you at the hospital, such as a birth ball, peanut ball, the hospital bed. This type of hands on practice (virtual or in person with PPE options) gives us an opportunity to get to know each other before the adventure begins and will help you feel confident in the moment. This will provide us with a shared vocabulary so we can smoothly communicate in the moment. This creates a very personalized plan and we can craft it to optimize your ability to cope. Let's go beyond birth plan basics and help you walk into your labor with as much confidence as possible. This type of appointment also helps us get to know one another and feel just a little more confident with each other.
The Birth Doula Package Includes:
During labor, the doula focuses on the emotional wellbeing and physical comfort of the laboring person. She can suggest different laboring positions to try, offer comfort massage and help with breath awareness. When doula support is present, studies point to shorter labor time overall, shorter recovery time, lower cancer of premature birth, increased success in breastfeeding, and lower risk of a cesarean birth, among many other things.
Women supporting women during childbirth is not a new concept by any means, but as our culture has moved the vast majority of birth into the hospital setting, it is more important than ever to ensure someone is present to protect and look over the emotional well being of the new parents. Parenthood is full of challenges and doulas help parents move through this first challenge of parenthood, birth, to come out the other side as empowered and confident as possible.