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Birth Doula

What is a Birth Doula?

A Birth Doula is a constant, experienced  and consistent support person who can help you and your partner cope with labour and birth.  A Doula does not ‘catch’ the baby, do medical procedures, check dilation or blood pressure etc… but is a VERY important member of your birth team!

Our Birth Doula, Angela, is able to assist mothers  whose goal is a more natural birth  AND mothers who are unsure about interventions in birth, those who want epidural or medications, or something in between. Also, Angela can be your Birth Doula if you are having a scheduled c-section, because  everyone deserves help and support for their birth!

 

Why do I need a Birth Doula if I have a partner or want pain medication for my birth?

You deserve constant support during your labour and birth no matter what kind of birth you’re hoping for…. Doulas aren’t JUST for hippies anymore!  Having a constant companion who is calm, knowledgeable, experienced and ‘there just for you and your family’, can make a huge difference.  The added benefit of having a Birth Doula who happens to also be a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant will give you all the added knowledge and support of an expert that you want!

Research shows that parents who receive non-judgemental doula support in labour & birth:

  • feel more secure and cared for
  • can have shorter labours with fewer complications
  • are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • have greater success with breastfeeding
  • have greater self-confidence
  • have less postpartum depression
  • can reduce the need for undesired drugs, forceps, vacuum extraction & cesarean delivery