ROLE OF A DOULA
what is a doula?
Doula, meaning servant in latin, was the name given to the those attending births in ancient Rome. The doula had a deep knowledge, through hands on experience, of how birth unfolds. They understood what type of comfort and support birthing persons needed because of experiences over many years. What may have been new and scary for most was normal and easy to anticipate for the doula. The ability to comfort mother and cultivate an encouraging, confident, and peaceful environment for birthing persons is what makes the role of a doula essential.
We’ve seen an increase in the need for doula support as birth culture shifts back into the hands of those giving birth. Modern medicine is relearning to respect a bodies intuition and that the best thing for a baby is the one who gave birth to them. A doula works to see that their families values, goals for birth, and care are met in even the most unfamiliar birth outcomes.
Knowing and believing in your bodies ability to give birth is a birthright, if you choose it. The doula helps put the experience of birth back into the hands of those having it. The richness of those moments in the labor experience belong to the birthing person and their family. In turn, this will build confidence and heart for all the joy, windy roads and complexity that family life may bring.
Doula support has been statistically proven to help mothers be more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth.
To me, the role of a doula means calming attention to the emotional and physical needs of the birthing person, anticipating those needs from experience and intuition, offering support and guidance to the birth team, and giving voice to unfamiliar moments where there is uncertainty or a cause for attention and advocacy.
A labor doula is an expert in providing care up to and during the big day. However, in addition, I also provide transitional guidance for postpartum healing and infant care.
Whatever your needs, I hope you take a moment to explore these offerings and reach out to see if we’re a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you!