What is a Doula?
A Labor Doula is a birth professional woman, who is typically trained to provide comfort and emotional support to the birthing woman during labor.
A doula also provides, physical and emotional support during pregnancy, labor, and after delivery. Most doulas are without formal obstetric training, whom are employed by the client, hospital, or birth center to provide guidance and support to the pregnant woman during labor.
A doula can add additional comfort, support, and care to the birthing woman regardless of the type of birth chosen, for example: vaginal, home birth, caesarean birth. The doula’s job is to provide the woman with support, comfort, breathing and pushing techniques to help the progression of labor. The doula will stay with the laboring woman throughout labor and even provide comforting support after delivery.
A doula will meet with the client in the second and/or third stage of pregnancy to learn more about the client’s needs and birth plan. At this time, the doula will ask questions about any previous pregnancy history, and develop a plan to help the client to achieve a relaxing and memorable birth experience.
At the second doula prenatal visit, normally within the late stages of pregnancy, breathing, relaxation, visualization, pushing, and comfort techniques will be discussed and practiced. At this time, your doula at Star Brite Maternal Care Services will go over your birth plan and make any necessary revisions that are requested by the client.
A doula is also trained to be a support companion to the pregnant woman through a significant health-related experience, such as caesarean, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Doula’s at Star Brite Maternal Care Services also provides support to the client’s partner, family members, and support friends; although the ultimate focus will be upon the laboring woman.
The doula’s role is not to replace the support partner, but rather work together collaboratively as a team, to provide the client with a happy, memorable, and comfortable birthing experience. Your doula at Star Brite Maternal Care Services will suggest an array of laboring positions that can help assist with an effective laboring experience. Your trained doula will also ensure that the laboring mother is well hydrated, staying attentive on the clients comfort level, providing any assistance to keep the client comfortable, and assuring the environment is to the clients standards of comfort.
Your doula at Star Brite Maternal Care Services can help assist the woman immediately following birth with breastfeeding support, and will follow up with the client within 2-3 weeks postpartum. Your doula can not provide you with medical advise, but can refer you to a medical healthcare professional to answer your medical question or concern.
A doula can help reduce anxiety and stress in the woman practicing the techniques discussed at the prenatal visits, while providing the woman with physical and emotional comfort support. A doula can reduce the need for pitocin, epidurals, and laboring inducing drugs that can lead to complications, laboring delays, and caesarean.
A doula can help keep the woman calm, relaxed, and focused therefore resulting in a shorter labor. A doula can help determine if the woman is in pre-labor from active and progressing labor. Although each pregnancy, and each individual is different, and labor isn’t guaranteed to delay or progress based upon assumptions or suggestions. We can assure you that your baby will come, and your body was designed to do exactly what is needed to give birth, and we are here to help assist you every step of the way!
A doula does not take the place of the role of the healthcare professionals who provide the client’s medical care. A doula does not deliver babies, and a doula does not give medical advise. A doula is not responsible for speak for you, but can encourage you to speak up for yourself if needed. A doula will encourage your decisions and support you in the process.
Our goal a Star Brite Maternal Care Services is to build a trusting bond between our clients and their partner, and make sure you are comfortable, supported, and provided with the knowledge and care to help you throughout your laboring experience. The way you remember your birth is very important to us and matters.
We look forward in working with you on one of the most important days of your life!