Taking the fear out of childbirth and postpartum
"...She provided invaluable relief to my husband, massaging and applying pressure and encouraging me through my contractions. She truly helped me feel at ease. Just as she did at home, at the hospital, Brittney helped ease my fears, she provided position ideas and exercises that helped my baby find her way through the birth canal. It is because of her that I was able to bring my daughter into this world just as I had hoped. I am forever grateful" -Oumie
What is a doula? How can Glorious Moments Birth Services help me?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
-Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life.
-Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
-Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
-Stays with the woman throughout the labor.
-Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.
-Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers.
-Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience.
-Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
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What is a Postpartum Doula?
Postpartum Doulas are trained professionals that provides physical, emotional and spiritual support, and guidance to a new mother and the rest of the family. The Postpartum Doula is a reference point, assistant and resource for the family in the postpartum period.
A Postpartum Doula works with the parents and can assist in making the transition to parenthood, successful breastfeeding and family relationships easier. The Postpartum Doula does not take over infant care, but supports and assists the family in learning about newborn, self and family care. They work to empower parents and family members in feeling secure in their care skills.
A Postpartum Doula will not make or give medical advice, or perform any medical procedures. They do offer education and support and assists the family in finding answers and resources. Postpartum Doulas work well with children, are patient, non-judgmental, communicate well, and are knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding.
Postpartum Doulas are helpful for all types of mothers and all types of birth experiences. They can also be used by adoptive families or families of multiples