When I am asked by potential clients, family, friends what it is I do, what the purpose and value is of what I do, I reflect…
If we were in a different time, place, culture, we as doulas would be the sisters, mothers, aunties, and friends of the labouring person – we would be the women of experience, the women to whom the labouring person could turn to for continuous emotional, physical, informational and spiritual support as they transition from “maiden to mother”(sic). We would encourage them with words of support, gentle or strong caresses, help them to move, to sway, to rock, moan and breathe through each swelling and vibration as their body surrenders to the intensity of the journey into parenthood. We would do then, what we do now……
In today’s birthing climate, and to help families navigate their birthing experience, we incorporate many techniques including movement, visualization, fear release, hydrotherapy, massage, acupressure, aromatherapy and deep relaxation techniques. We provide informational support, complementing whichever medical model you may have chosen for your birth. We provide emotional support and physical support. We are available to you during your prenatal period and to meet with you and your partner, if you have one, twice in your home (or virtually) before your birth process begins.
We remain with you throughout your birth journey, from when you need us to be there until your baby is born. We usually come to your home, but can join you in the hospital/birth centre if that is preferred. We remain with you throughout your labour until you are settled in bed (at home) or in the postpartum area of the hospital (usually 1-2 hours). In circumstances beyond anyone’s control, such as hospital policy changes, there may be a pivot to a hybrid model of care. This means that you may receive in-person care while in your home and virtual hospital support by way of phone/text/video conferencing/FaceTime or any combination thereof.
We also provide 2 postnatal visits upon your return home to help with the early adjustment period of new parenthood and to help support and assist with feeding.
We are available for phone and email consults as necessary during your pregnancy and often remain in contact with families well after their babies are born. Please see Essential Doula Services for further information and details.
Should you wish to meet for a no-obligation interview, We’d be happy to arrange that with you.
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