dou·la
/ˈdo͞olə/

A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother's partner and family.

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"In some cultures, the word for “pregnant mother” is the same as the word for “new mother”, which essentially translates as Motherbaby: implying that whatever affects the mother also affects the baby, both before birth and after birth. You can think of the Motherbaby as a newborn entity who requires a great deal of care, nourishment, kindness, and support throughout the slow transition into two separate, distinct beings. She needs to be fed, held, comforted. She needs sleep, support and safety. Most of all, a newborn mother should never be left to cry it out alone. Someone needs to respond to her cries; someone needs to be there to reach out and say “I know… I know… it’s so hard… it feels impossible, and yet I know that you can do it, because you ARE doing it…”

Lauralyn Curtis

 

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Now Offering Birth and Postpartum Services.

Birth Support

Throughout your pregnancy and birth I will be an unbiased source of support. I will empower you and your family with knowledge to make informed decisions regarding your birthing experience. I will provide support measures and techniques to assist during the labor period. I will advocate for you and encourage you every step of the way.

Postpartum Support

During the postpartum period I will be an extra set of hands to assist the family in the adjustment of their newest addition. I will be a source of relief and support to ensure a seamless transition for both mom and baby.

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is a process where a whole placenta is transformed into pills that can be taken postpartum. Supporters of the practice say that placenta pills can help prevent anemia, boost milk supply, balance hormones and even lower your chances of having postpartum depression.

 
 

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