Doulas are an ancient profession with a new name
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Welcome to my site. Please feel free to look around and learn what a birth doula is and how I can help you. As a mother with a birth doula you can feel confident and emotionally supported during your birth journey. By chosing a doula you are making an investment in your family and birth experience. Having supportive, hands-on, professional care when you need it the most is invaluable.
"Embrace your journey to birth."
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Women have been serving other women in childbirth for centuries and have proven that this support from another woman has positive effects on the labor process. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter, with fewer complications, less unnecessary medical interventions, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
Benifits of having a doula
- 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 30% reduction in narcotics
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- 30% decrease in the use of forceps
- Overall, a 25% decrease in the length of labor
A birth doula
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throught the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make an informed decision
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her care provider
Perceives her role as a nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Simply put, doulas make birth better.
The surrounding Menominee, Mi area and Upper Peninsula. I also serve Menominee south to Green Bay, Wi. Other areas will be considered on a case by case basis.