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Birth Doula

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What is a Doula?:

A woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.

My Doulas  happily strives to support women in all births including home deliveries, natural birth in the hospital or birth center, vaginal births after cesarean (VBACs), planned and unplanned cesareans, surrogate liaison between a gestational carrier and baby’s intended family, and more!

My Doulas Role 

Committed to fully assisting the woman to prepare and carry out her desired birthing plan
Continuously staying with the woman throughout the labor
While providing emotional support and physical comfort measures
Communicating between the laboring woman, her partner, family and clinical care providers

Allowing the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level and assist when desired. 
Delivering information to make informed decisions before, during and after birth

Serve the woman as needed during her labor. 

Benefits of Birthing Doulas

  • Reduces overall Cesarean birth rate 50%
  • Reduces the length of labor 25%
  • Reduces Pitocin use 40%
  • Reduces the need for forceps delivery 40%
  • Rreduces requests for epidural pain relief 60%

Benefits of Doula proveded by DONA International: 

Physical Support

Position ideas for comfort and labor progression cross over with hands-on comfort measures like comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques and other “doula magic” for families. A doula’s skilled hands and positioning tools can often help a not optimal positioned baby find its way through the pelvis and into the birthing parent’s arms.

Emotional Support

Doulas help families to feel supported, easing the emotional experience of birth and also helping to create a space where the hormones of labor can work at their best. Whether a birth is completely unmedicated or medically very complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this tender, incredible time in their lives.

Partner Support

Whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member like the baby’s grandma, the birth partner’s experience matters in birth. Our doulas are there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.

 

 

 

POST PARTUM DOULAS

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Post Partum Doula

Most new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all.

If mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The problem that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks.

 

Breastfeeding support

  • Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
  • Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel so overwhelmed
  • Running errands
  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
  • Light meal preparation
  • Baby soothing techniques
  • Sibling care

Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricianslactation support and support groups

 

Benefits of Postpartum Doulas Proved by DONA International: 

Benefits of Postpartum Doulas Proved by DONA International: 

Emotional Support

The transition into new parenthood can be vulnerable, and postpartum doulas are experts in emotional support, active listening and encouraging new moms and dads to follow their own hearts. Empathy, a hug or even a good laugh together can do so much for a new parent!

Evidence-Based Information and Support

Postpartum doulas are trained to understand what new babies – and new mothers – truly need. The doula helps with soothing techniques, offers breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, and explains normal newborn behavior.

Practical Support

It’s all hands on deck with a new baby, and postpartum doulas can help the days go by more smoothly by helping with the baby’s laundry, doing the dishes or preparing simple, nourishing meals.

Partner and Sibling Support

A new baby means transition for everyone, including parents, grandparents and little brothers and sisters. Postpartum doulas understand what everyone needs, and part of their role is to help the entire family adjust and settle in.

 

Still Birth Day Doulas

Also known as Bereavement Doulas

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Stillbirth Doulas

There are many silent secrets that many of us will hold on a daily basis. Even during birthing, at time the unexpected can occur. A  certified Stillbirth and Bereavement Doula is specifically trained to assist during the labor at any stage of pregnancy whether it be at 4 weeks or 40+ weeks. 

During that emotional moment whether there be an attachment or lack of it support is always needed. SBD Doulas  is a professional uniquely certified doula whom assist  to facilitate and make the transition as smooth as possible for the expecting birther., SBD Doula are here to assist women during miscarriages, still birth, or spontaneous losses. 

 

SBD Doulas Can Assist During:

  • Emotional, Physical, and Comfort support for the birther
  • Birth in any trimester, and in any outcome
  • Unconventional loss, which may include adoption or surrogacy
  • NICU care
  •  “rainbow” subsequent live birth
  • full term, uncomplicated, live birth with no connection in any way to bereavement
  • newborn nutrition and lactation options
  • and more!

 

MyDoulas - Is currently working to acquire her certification to fully embody the works that come with being an SBD Doula. If you have any questions and would like to speak in regards to this please let me know! I can offer support and resources. 

 

Birthing With Styles

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Hypno Birthing

Do we know how powerful the mind can be? We've often times have heard mind over matter. This is exactly what we can exercise! 

Change your Pain to Power! Your Cant to Can! Your Fear to Strength!

What are the benefits to having a Hypnobirth?

  • The key principal to Hypnobirthing is that it programs moms to be calm and relaxed. When mom is relaxed, her muscles are relaxed. This allows baby to flow much quicker and easier through the birth canal. This offers many benefits, such as:
  • Considerably shorter labour and birthing times.
  • Significantly fewer surgical births
  • Higher number of comfortable, natural births with no technical assistance
  • Highly energized moms in good spirits following births that are calm and gentle

Benefit for Dad / partner:

  • Hypnobirthing engages dad (or partner) too! They become a central part of the birthing process, helping mom to stay calm and focused.

Benefits for baby:

  • Many benefits have also been found for babies born using Hypnobirthing. Because they are birthed much more gently and calmly, hypnobirthed babies tend to:
  • Be calmer as they experience less trauma
  • Feed & sleep better
  • Usually even have higher Agpar scores
 
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Water Birth

Water in itself is so tranquil and beautiful! Our bodies are comprised of 65 - 80 % water itself the effects that water has on us is absolutely amazing and beneficial. 

Benefits of Water Birth

  • Greater comfort and mobility. The mother has much greater ease and freedom to move spontaneously and to change position to assist the descent of the baby.
  • Reduction of pressure on the abdomen. Buoyancy promotes more efficient uterine contractions and better blood circulation, resulting in better oxygenation of the uterine muscles, less pain for the mother, and more oxygen for the baby.
  • Helps mother to conserve her energy. Immersion reduces opposition to gravity; supports the mother's weight so that her energy can be used to cope with the contractions.
  • Promotes deeper relaxation. As a woman relaxes deeply in water, her hormones kick in and she starts progressing faster and with more rhythm; labor becomes more efficient.
  • Water relaxes the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Water minimizes pain so effectively that for most women other pain control methods are no longer needed.
  • Water stimulates the touch and temperature nerve fibers in the skin. It blocks impulses from the pain fibers, known as the Gate Theory of Pain.
  • Immersion is often more effective and safer than an epidural. Some people call waterbirth an "aquadural."

There are so many more benefits to Water Birth or being in water throughout your pregnancy. When your experiencing intensity, or uncomfortable sensations take you a nice warm shower. Focusing on the stream falling on your belly and the rhythmic sound of the water can aid in calming and soothing both the mother and child. 

 

Midwives

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What are the benefits of using a midwife?

One of the main reasons women decide to use a midwife is to experience childbirth as naturally as possible. Midwives usually provide longer prenatal care and visits, assuring to get to know the woman and her birthing desires. Midwives are also present throughout the whole birthing process giving the woman undivided attention.

For examples as in some hospitals most OB/GYN's may rotate or be out of the floor until labor is at hand. As an added bonus Midwives can also reduce your maternity cost. 

According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, benefits of receiving midwifery care include:

  • Decreased risk of needing a cesarean
  • Reduced rates of labor induction and augmentation
  • Reduced use of regional anesthesia
  • Decreased infant mortality rates
  • Decreased risk of preterm birth
  • Decreased third and fourth degree perineal tears
  • Lower costs for both clients and insurers
  • Increased chances of having a positive start to breastfeeding
  • Increased satisfaction with quality of care

LEARN MORE VISIT BELOW

American Pregnancy Association

 

New Beginnings

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Birth & Beyond

Now begins the fun.

 
 
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Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding provides health benefits for mothers beyond emotional satisfaction. 

Mothers who breastfeed recover from childbirth more quickly and easily. The hormone oxytocin, released during breastfeeding, acts to return the uterus to its regular size more quickly and can reduce postpartum bleeding. 

Studies show that women who have breastfed experience reduced rates of breast and ovarian cancer later in life. 

Some studies have found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 

Exclusive breastfeeding delays the return of the mother’s menstrual period, which can help extend the time between pregnancies.

 
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BABY WEARING

Babywearing  is one of the essential pillars of attachment parenting. Wearing your baby keeps your little one calm and comforted by the sound of your heartbeat and the warmth and smell of your body. Experienced babywearing moms know that the benefit of having hands free to accomplish tasks is priceless!

 
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Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is the process of encapsulating a placenta through steaming, dehydrating, grinding dehydrated placenta into a power, and filling capsules. There are many reasons why one would want to partake in the numerous benefits of placentophagy. Pregnancy is taxing on the body, even if the mother follows the best of health regimes. The theory behind placentophagy is that you’re returning the nutrients lost during the birth process back to the body to aide in quick and smooth postpartum recovery.

Benefits Woman Have Experience :

  • Decrease baby blues and postpartum depression
  • Increase and enrich breast milk
  • Increase in energy
  • Decrease postpartum bleeding
  • Decrease iron deficiency
  • Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders

*MyDoulas does not offer placenta Encapsulation however would surely refer to others who do!