Doula comes from a Greek word meaning “woman who serves”. I serve as a support, companion, and guide to women and their partners through the birth process. I come alongside the partner and mother, and help partners find their own best way of supporting the mother. I am not a replacement for the partner in any way; I free the partner to operate in the role they already most naturally fill as the person who knows mom best, without having to be the expert about birth. Working together with the nurses, doctor or midwife, and partner, I provide physical support in the form of massage, counter pressure, comfort measures, and am a continuous and calming presence. I also provide encouragement and perspective, and help families navigate their options as choices are presented by their midwife or doctor.
In my 6-week Birth Informed childbirth education course we address the physiological and hormonal processes of labor, explore and equip mothers with coping skills, and provide information about common interventions as well as decision-making tools for when things don’t quite go as planned. This class is for those planning a hospital, home, or birth center birth, medicated or un-medicated, with a doctor or a midwife.