Cincinnati Doula Services
There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it. ~Sheryl Feldman
Birth Doula Services
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth.
As your birth doula, I will provide 2 prenatal visits in which my main goal is to educate and help plan for the upcoming birth. I will work to understand what is uniquely important to the mother and help make a birth plan. I will provide evidence based information to ensure the mother and fathers confidence during pregnancy, birth, and just after birth.
I will be "on call" for the mother and family from the time you have signed my contract and provided the deposit required. I will be continuously available to the mother and family via phone until mom has decided she is ready for support during labor. As your birth doula I will accompany you in labor and will "mother the mother", taking care of your emotional and physical needs throughout childbirth. I will provide the laboring woman and her partner with techniques proven to be beneficial during the birthing process.
I will provide non-medical, holistic care to the childbearing family. During birth, I will provide continuous labor support and help the laboring family work smoothly through the process of labor and birth. I will also help facilitate communication between the laboring family and the medical staff. The doula is the only person on the birth team that is there specifically for the laboring mother.
I will stay with the family until the new mother has reached a comfort zone and all is well. I will provide 1 postpartum visit in which we will discuss the birth, and any concerns the mother has and is experiencing as she makes the transition into motherhood. I also, will ensure dad is transitioning well into fatherhood and discuss any issues that may arise.
* I am strictly non-medical and I do not replace your OB/ Midwife/Care Provider
Postpartum Doula Services
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers... strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength. ~Barbara Katz Rothman
A Postpartum Doula Provides- Support and care for the mother above all. The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
- Physical Support – Help new mom to care for and comfort her postpartum body to expedite recovery; ensure she is getting plenty of nourishment, warmth, fluids and rest; help mother to avoid certain postpartum conditions such as exhaustion and depression; ensure moms wellbeing by recognizing red flags and providing the correct resources so she can receive what is needed for her health
- Emotional Support – Support the entire family as they transition to life with a new baby; validate emotional challenges by offering encouragement and reassurance; listen to and record the birth story.
- Informational Support – Assist the family in bonding with baby by providing information on infant development and infant care; provide options surrounding feeding baby; offer resources within the community for anything beyond my scope of practice.
- Practical Support – Prepare simple meals and snacks for mother and family; care for baby as parents eat, shower or rest; handle phone calls and answer the door; run small errands, do light laundry and housekeeping; care for and include older siblings; offer overnight support.
A POSTPARTUM DOULA DOES NOT:
- Act as a baby sitter – though the Doula may give her time and attention to newborn baby and older siblings, parents are not leaving their children in the sole care of the Doula.
- Act as a house keeper – though the Doula may do light housework to ease the load on a new mother, such as cleaning a load of laundry or dishes; she does not scrub the floors or toilets.
- Replace any other support system – your Doula is there to enhance the experience and encourage all to participate to their level of comfort