Doula is a Greek word which means a woman who serves. History depicts this person as one who offers support during childbirth. Today doulas operate not only as labor assistants, but also as a source of information throughout pregnancy, labor and birth. Doulas provide non-medical support to the mother leading up to and during her labor, delivery, and the postpartum period.
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Tasha is not only a wonderful doula but she is also a great sister in Christ as well. She was by my side the entire time through the painful labor pains to the delivery of my son. She was able to calm me down and keep me focused on breathing correctly for the baby’s sake. She did everything in her power to keep me comfortable. Whether it was through prayer, back rubs, cold washcloths, or her awesome pressure point technique that temporarily took away my labor pain to get through the contraction. Tasha was so supportive, comforting, knowledgeable and skilled at what she does, I wanted her around more than my husband (I hope he isn’t reading this, lol!). I personally can’t imagine giving birth naturally without her by my side. She was a blessing to have and I highly recommend her to help you through your birthing process.
~Blessed mommy Audra Thomas-Joseph
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a birth doula do?
A birth doula offers non-medical support during childbirth using techniques such as massage, positive positioning, encouragement, and a nurturing touch. Throughout pregnancy a doula serves as a source of information that you may make knowledgeable choices as it concerns your labor and delivery.
What are the benefits of having a birth doula?
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience, and reduces the mother’s need/request for medication (i.e. labor-inducing drugs, epidurals). Women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, and less postpartum depression.
What is the difference between a midwife and a birth doula?
A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth, offering expert individualized care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn throughout the childbearing cycle.
A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
What is a birth plan?
A birth plan states what you would like to happen during your labor and the delivery of your baby. It lists your support person/persons (husband, mother, doula), what tools you would like to use (birth ball, massager, lighting, candles, music, essential oils), where you would like to have your baby (hospital, birth center, home birth, water birth), and if you are interested in pain relief (demerol, epidural).