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Download DONA's International Position Paper on Birth Doula in PDF format.
Our Doula Services
Your birth experience with a OC Doula can include the following:
Our rate is flexible and will be discussed on a case by case basis in your free non-obligated interview.
What is a Doula?
A Doula (which may also be called Childbirth Assistants, Labor Support Professionals, Labor Coachs, or Birth Companions.) She does not replace the partner. Instead she helps support the partner so that he or she can love and encourage the laboring woman.
A Doula provides continuous, uninterrupted support throughout labor and delivery. She offers massage, suggestions for position changes, relaxation techniques, reminders to stay hydrated and keep her bladder empty. She also believes in a woman's ability to birth her baby.
Studies have shown that having a doula may decrease:
As well as an increase
Why use a doula?
DONA International doulas mother the mother.
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period.
We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational
support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as
to families in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch,
positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families
feel nurtured and cared for.
does the word doula come from?
2. What effects
does the presence of a doula have on the mother?
3. What effects
do the presence of doulas have on babies?
4. How do doulas
5. Does a doula
replace nursing staff?
6. Does a doula
make decisions on my behalf?
7. Will a doula
make my partner feel unnecessary?
~John H. Kennell, MD~
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