Doula is a Greek word that means woman caregiver. A birth Doula in present time is best described as a woman who is educated in the process of labor and who helps provide the birthing mother and her partner constant emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in gathering information before, during and right after childbirth. A postpartum Doula provides care for the mother, baby, partner and family after childbirth in the home.
My Doula responsibilities are to mother the mother by providing the following:
-Knowledge of the birthing experience is a key event in a mother’s life and she will remember for the rest of her life
-Knowing the birthing process and what will be needed emotionally by a mother in labor
-Education for the mother and partner with informational materials and resources about the ends and outs of the birth process so they can make healthy decisions for their birth plan.
-Emotional and mental support to the birthing mother
-Knowing breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning comfort measures that help the mother during labor
-Constantly by mother’s side and offers continuous reassurance and comfort
-Advocating for the mother so her birth plan is carried out and helps with communication between her and her care providers
-Helps look out for the partner, like bathroom breaks, sleep if needed and food. Also supports the partner in helping the birthing mother, she is not there to replace the partner.
-Follow up postpartum visit after birth to see if any other questions can be answered or additional breastfeeding help needed
Krisha Crosley CD(DONA)
Serenity Life Doula