The major role of a birth doula is to support the laboring woman both physically and emotionally during her labor and childbirth experience so that she feels respected, empowered and capable. I spend time with her prenatally as she develops her birth preferences and postpartum plan, and focuses on preparing herself to face the unknown during and after her rebirth as a mother. Our private sessions are composed of mindfulness practices, exploring belief systems and becoming informed of the modern medical maps we must be prepared to navigate.
Studies have shown that women who have a birth doula with them during labor and childbirth have shorter labors, are less likely to request pain medications, are less likely to have emergency cesarean sections and are more likely to be satisfied with their birth experience.
The major role of the postpartum doula is to help the family make a smooth adjustment to life with a new baby by educating and supporting the new parents in such a way that they feel empowered to care for their newborn, each other and themselves with confidence. My work focuses on encouraging new mothers to rest and bond with their babies, and to resist the pull to resume their busy lives before it's actually time. I provide my clients with resources to aid them in healing themselves physically and emotionally after giving birth, and I nourish them with food, conversation, guided meditations, time to rest and bathe, and, of course, validation and encouragement.
Studies have shown that women who have social support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration and make a better adjustment to parenthood overall.
To learn a significant reason why I chose to become a birth and postpartum mentor/doula, please read this personal piece that was published by HelloGiggles.