Why am I a Birth Doula?

Posted June 6th, 2010 in Birth Doula, doula, fresno, Fresno birth, Pregnancy by admin

When people hear that I am a birth doula, they quickly ask, “What in the heck is a birth doula?” This is a brief desciption of the new journey I am on.

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula:
* Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
* Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
* Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
* Stays with the woman throughout the labor
* Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well a
helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
* Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
* Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
* Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).
*Information obtained directly from the DONA International website

I am in the process of obtaining my certification through DONA International. I have completed most of the requirements and once I have my 3 births attended and paperwork sent in, I will be certified!

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