Doula Service

What is a DOULA?

The Greek word doula means woman caregiver. We now use the word to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who provides the woman and her husband or partner continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and just after childbirth.
 
- A postpartum doula provides care to a family with a newborn baby.
A birth doula
 
- Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
 
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
 
- Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
 
- Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor…
 
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
 
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers
 
- Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
 
- The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well being of m other and infants.
 
As a Doula, I do NOT:
 
1. Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal hart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
2. Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
3. Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you and your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
 
Failure of a doula provide service.
 
I will make every effort to provide the services described here. Sometimes this is impossible (for example, with a rapid labor). If my failure to attend your birth is due to my error, there will be no charge for my services and i will refund the retaining fee. If it is due to circumstances beyond anyone's control or your failure to call me, I will keep the retaining fee, but there will be no further charges.
 
 
 

Letter of Agreement Describing Doula (labor Support)

Services, Limits and Fees

What is a doula?

As a birth doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a sage and satisfying birth experience. I have completed training approved by DONA International and have the following experience;

I draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.

 

Before labor.

I will meet with you and your partner at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, to discuss your bith plan and to plan how we might best work together. I also want to know your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together.

I will also inform you of times when I am unavailable for labor support to cover those times.

I will arrange one or more qualified back-up doulas whom you may also meet.

We may also decide on other meetings and will certainly want to remain in touch by telephone and/or email.

 

When you are in labor.

I prefer that you call me when you think you are in labor even if you do not yet need me. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide if I should come right then or wait for further change. I usually need approximately one hour to get to you from the time you ask me to come. We will also decide where to meet-at your home, the hospital or the birth center. Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you throughout labor and birth.

 

After birth.

I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quite time together. I can also help with initial breastfeeding, if necessary.

I am available to answer questions about the birth or your baby and would like to get together with you within a few weeks to see how you and your baby are doing, to review the birth, and to get feedback from you about my role.

 

 
 
 
 
 

I express clearly the voice and wisdom of my heart

 

When we meet someone and connect with his or her inner light, we allow the most wonderful communication to happen, be it with words, gestures, with a smile or even a silence. Communication inspired by the soul radiates interaction with synchronicity our lives.