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; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period (DONA International).
What this really looks like…
Our role is to help your birth goals become a reality. The quality of emotional care and support women receive during labor and birth is vital to the emotional ties and connections made with both the mother and her support team to baby after birth. This looks different every time. It can include suggesting a variety of positions for labor and birth based on what we are seeing during labor, providing hands on comfort measures, setting up the environment, getting water and food, providing evidenced based resources and information to navigate and questions they might have during labor, reminding mom and partner to relax, in short whatever you need at that moment.
At Family Centered Birth Services the doula will not:
- Make Decisions on behalf of a client and/or her partner
- Relay decisions to medical staff
- Preform any medical procedures
- Act in an unprofessional manner with medical staff
Instead, you will feel encouraged and confident to:
- Work with your partner to make decisions that are best for your family
- Speak openly to your birth team about your feelings throughout the process
- Communicate confidently with your medical team
- Move through the labor and birthing process without inhibition
- Make this experience your own and adjust your plan along the way