What is a doula? A doula is a trained birth companion. We provide respect, guidance and support. We nurture mothers, physically and emotionally. We empower mothers with knowledge and shared experience. We help them access their inner wisdom and strength. We bear witness to the most sacred and intimate event. We preserve the sanctity of the birthing environment. We enable partners to be fully present, to love her, and to provide her with the reverence and awe that each mother deserves.
We do not judge. We do not replace partners or husbands. We do not provide medical advice.
Research indicates that having continuous support (not employed by the hospital) throughout labor confers the following benefits:
- increases the mother’s positive perception of birth, regardless of interventions
- decreases the risk of medical intervention
- decreases the length of labour
- increases the likelihood of vaginal birth
- lessens anxiety, depression and increases self-esteem
- enhances bonding and feeding behavior with the new baby
From: Klaus, Marshall H., M.D., Kennell, John H., M.D., Klaus, Phyllis, H. C.S.W., M.F.T. The Doula Book, 2nd Edition. Da Capo Press; 2002.
My service includes;
- up to three prenatal visits and one postpartum visit
- attendance at one of our Labour preparation for couples workshops
- ongoing phone, email and text support
- homeopathy for birth, the use of a TENS machine, essential oils, and other tools to ease sensation, help with positioning and progression of labour
- attendance at your birth (on call two weeks prior and two weeks after your due date)
- on going postpartum support including help with breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing
I work collectively with two other doulas. Kirsten Wallace of Swellmama and Kerri MacLean of Sweetpea YYC.
Our contract is here:
Kirsten and I with ‘our’ twins.