Doula – woman who serves
I have to admit that my reasons for becoming a doula and birth worker stem back to my birth experience with my son, which was far from great. I suppose that every birth I attend I heal a bit more from the trauma, and I hope to help women avoid these kinds of births. I will never forget the love and steady presence of my doula. She was my anchor, my touchtone, my mother, my sister, my best friend, and all the women who came before me all in one beautiful human being, and I want to help women the way she helped me. She held the space for me during the most vulnerable moments of my life. We remember the experience of birth for the rest of our life, and I want to help you so that you can tell a good story. I am passionate about changing the way we as women birth our children into this world.
Doula’s are professional trained labour companions that provide continuous emotional and physical support, as well as prenatal consultations, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding support, up to date information, and comfort measures.
Studies show that women who receive doula support are less likely to:
- have postpartum depression
- use any type of pain medication
- give birth by cesarean section
- be dissatisfied with or give a negative rating to their birth experience
- give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
Two different pregnancies and births have shaped me into a non-judgemental, open minded doula. I trained and certified with Doulas of North American (DONA). I have attended births in the hospital, the home, birth centres, as well as free births.
I work closely with other doula’s and always have a back up on hand if needed.
“Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers ~ strong, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength”
-Barbara Katz Rothman