A birth doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support during labor, childbirth, and immediate postpartum. She helps facilitate the birth experience for the parents, baby, and primary care providers and provides explanations of medical procedures and interventions. In addition, a doula is important support during pregnancy, providing advice and suggestions to make pregnancy more comfortable. Doulas can help with preparation of a birth plan. A doula can also help the new mother postpartum with breastfeeding.
A postpartum doula's first priority is to insure that the new mother is rested and relaxed, and to assist her with breastfeeding and/or nurturing her baby. I bring lots of love to the new family, and try to lighten the load that new moms inevitably feel. A postpartum doula is there to nurture the couple so that they may care for their baby more readily, and to offer non-judgmental emotional and practical support. Sacred Lane Birth has experience with singleton, multiples, preemies and large families; so I can help your family get off to a great start whatever your unique situation might be. Even though services provided will vary from client to client, typical postpartum services include: breastfeeding support and instruction, day and overnight care, baby soothing skills, newborn care, meal preparation, referrals to local resources, and light household cleaning.
Doulas are not doctors or midwives, and do not practice medicine, nor diagnose and treat pregnancy or postpartum related symptoms. A birth doula does not perform any clinical tasks such as heart rate or blood pressure checks or vaginal exams. These things are better left to your chosen medical care provider. In addition, doulas do not make specific health claims or promise medical results. We provide education and guidance, pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding support.