A Birth Doula
"After months of searching, interviewing and praying for a doula, I finally came across Deborah Myers. I knew I wanted the birth experience of my second to be more natural than my first. I knew that I needed someone to teach, encourage and shape my mind for my Labor. The moment my husband and I first spoke with Deborah we knew she was perfect for us. She was so down to earth, nurturing, and educated on the birthing process, it put my mind to ease. During her visits leading up to my birth she taught me many things, helping me to understand that our bodies are made to birth, and that being in labor is not a bad thing, but a beautiful thing.
When I went into Labor (in the middle of the night) I called her and she was there within minutes of us arriving. She stood by my side the entire time. Helping me, holding me and encouraging not only me, but my husband as well. She worked so hard, and helped me achieve the natural labor I desired. I loved that she used essential oils to help me with nausea and when I needed a boost of energy, and massage that helped me in my transitional labor. In my mind I had the perfect labor. Natural labor was hard. But also rewarding and it was everything I had dreamed of.
I don’t know if I could have done it without Deborah by my side and all that she had taught me in the months leading up. Not only did she help me during the labor and birth of my son, but she helped me after as well. I cannot say enough good things about Deborah. She was truly a God-Send and she taught me that birth is beautiful. I am so thankful that she was able to share the labor and birth of my son."
Why use a Doula?
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
Doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period. They are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. They offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
- Have lower incidence of abuse
Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.
A Postpartum Doula
- Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
- Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
- Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
Being a new parent, a postpartum doula can help
Many new parents have had little or no parenting education and do not have support to help them through the postpartum weeks. A doula can help.
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