The Doula’s Role

We’re here to help you have the birth you desire and deserve

Having a doula at your birth can make an incredible positive difference. Felicia has assisted over 1700 families as a birth doula during their labors and births since 1998 and continues to make that difference for birthing families on a weekly basis.

 

Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth. The doula’s role is to provide physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing person and their partner during labor and birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. Doulas may utilize massage, music, aromatherapy, visualization, breathing, and tips on positioning. The doula also assists families to gather information about the course of their labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional support and reassurance. As a doula trainer Felicia has seen many wonderful and passionate people cross into doula work. She is positive that you do not need to have given birth yourself to be an effective and experienced doula.

Research has shown that people who had doulas reported:

  • Breastfeeding more successfully
  • More maternal infant interaction
  • Less postpartum depression, anxiety and low self esteem
  • Perceives their baby to be above the standard baby
  • Overall more satisfaction with their birth experience
Felicia at the birth
Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

Studies have shown that having a doula present in labor can mean:

  • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
  • 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
  • 9% less likely to use any paid medication
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

Doulas are the embodiment of support at work. Through the force of our training, commitment to our clients, and our personalities, we are granted access into one of the most intimate and heightened moments in a person’s life: that of giving birth. A doula’s job is to provide unending emotional and physical support (often literally holding up a person as they labor) while negotiating the rocky terrain of hospital policy, family wishes and medical circumstances that surround birth. We’re committed to helping a birthing person have their needs met. We work hard intellectually as well as physically; and each time we begin our work, an amazing, passionate and fascinating story is just waiting to be told.

A person in labor is highly vulnerable. Their most private body parts are exposed. They may sweat, tremble, moan or cry out while amongst strangers, they are  often in an unfamiliar environment. If they are nurtured, treated with kindness and respect and feel like a participant, the positive impact is permanent. If they are treated without respect, if their efforts to maintain dignity and control are rebuffed that too can have a lifelong impact.

My goal is to help you have the birth you desire and deserve. I truly believe along with many others that having a doula at my birth made an incredible positive difference. I believe the same can be true for you. I’d love to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to e-mail or call!

As a Doula I will:

  • Assist the birthing person and their partner/husband in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Recognize the birthing person’s goal of giving birth as they define it.
  • Provide constant presence, encouragement and informational support throughout the entire labor and birth.
  • Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint to help the birthing person get the information they need to make good decisions.
  • Ensure the partner/husband always remains the #1 in support and will be able to participate and be assisted and supported by the Doula as necessary and desired.

As a Doula I will not:

  • Discourage the birthing person from their choices. I will always respect & facilitate those choices. I do not have my own agenda. It’s your birth.
  • I do not perform medical tasks such as fetal heart monitoring or vaginal exams
  • I cannot make decisions for you. I will help you in getting the information from your midwife/doctor and nurses so that you will be able to make informed decisions.
  • I will always provide guidance and support in helping you to achieve the birth you desire and that unfolds in your labor. It is not my way to create confrontation or hostility with any of your care providers. It is with much respect and creativity that we get you what you want and need and to assure that you are seen and heard.