What is a Doula?
Doula (pronounced: DOO-luh) is a Greek word meaning female servant. It refers to a specific servant who supported the mother of a household through pregnancy, childbirth and the early childhood stages of parenting.
There are three main types of doulas:
Whatever your specific need during the “childbearing year”, we’ve got you covered!
Benefits of Hiring a Birth Doula
A birth doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a memorable and empowering birth experience. During delivery a doula is in constant and close proximity to the mother. She has the ability to provide comfort with pain relief methods including breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and labor positions. Doulas also encourage partner participation and offer reassurance.
A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether it is a natural birth or a cesarean.
According to published studies, doulas can improve the health of both mother and newborn, and can even save lives. The following is a list of some of the proven benefits experienced by families who have chosen to have a doula present during childbirth:
Although having loved ones such as a spouse with a laboring woman provides irreplaceable comfort and support, published studies continue to show that the support of a well-trained, experienced woman (a doula) results in the greatest benefits.
What doulas do NOT do:
If you choose to hire Sacred Knowledge Doula Care as your Birth Doula, these services will be provided:
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“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.”
~ Ina May Gaskin ~