When you embark on the journey to become a doula, you must be prepared for the inevitable million dollar question... the question you also asked yourself when you first heard the word "doula".
"What exactly is a doula?"
Well, I have yet to perfect my elevator pitch and maybe someday I will, but the word entails so much more than my normally succinct response, "I provide emotional and physical support before, during, and after the birth of your child." It really deserves its own half hour conversation over some delicious overly flavored coffee, but rarely does that opportunity present itself.
We are here to be a source of support and that support comes in many forms. From a source of information, to lending an ear and posing options, to physical support on labor day, we are here to support both mom and her partner. Sometimes a partner needs a break too, sometimes a partner needs reassurance and a reminder that you both can do this, and you can do it well.
Doulas have been shown to decrease the rates of interventions, pain medication, and cesarean rates. We are keepers of your birth environment, because a mother who feels comfortable and safe in her laboring environment can relax and let nature take its course.
There are so many definitions and benefits of a doula, and the role has been around since human beings began their social reproductive journey. So if you find yourself wondering what or rather who a doula is, whether out of curiosity or because you're expecting, take some time to really research. I think you'll find, no matter the planned or unplanned circumstances of your birth, a doula can exponentially alter the overall course of your pregnancy and birth experience.
Visit my Doula Services page for details on my birth doula services.
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