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The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning
“a woman who serves”.
I am a trained massage professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
When a couple choose to have a doula at their baby’s birth, there are many things to consider. First and most important, do you both feel comfortable with the person as they will be part of your special day and very involved in the physicality of the birthing process. It is a good idea for both parties to have not just meetings with, but receive massages from me in order to determine is they feel I am the right fit for them. Often this begins with Mom coming for pregnancy massage and then the possibility of my being a doula is brought up. At that point I recommend that their partner come to the next massage so we can talk about it and they can see me treating Mom and ask any questions about what would happen during the labour and birth. Finally the partner come to see me for treatment to get a feeling for my touch and to confirm that I am the person they want involved in this memorable event.
There are also many logistical things to consider:
• Where will you be labouring? At home, at a midwife clinic? at the hospital? Each of these could have different challenges to the addition of a doula into the space.
• The hospital will count me as one of the people you are allowed in the room, you need to know what the limits on family/friends in the labour room are.
• How will other members of the family react to my presence – should they get a chance to meet me beforehand? I am flexible on making this happen.
• At what point in your labour do you want me present? This can be affected by where and with who you are planning to labour. If you are with a midwife you may not feel you need me as soon as if you are labouring at home until you go to the hospital.
• How long after the birth do you want me to stay?
• Do you want me to perform baby massage after birth?
• Do you want a follow-up treatment at home for both baby and mom? I typically recommend this within a week of returning home.
All of these factors are taken in to account as well as fees, possible alterations to the contract should the birth plan change (for example from natural delivery to caesarean) and any other considerations that need to be included.
To find out more about my doula services, please contact me either by phone at 647-292-5934 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mya's first visit after coming home from the hospital.