A Birth Doula attends to you during labor to help you and your partner have a more positive experience.
She helps protect the memory of the birth by better ensuring your birth plan is safely carried out. She provides constant emotional support, never leaving your side. Your Doula will not leave the room while labor is in progress. A Doula can provide perspective and reassurance to you and your partner, make suggestions for comfort and help with relaxation. She knows positions and techniques that will keep mothers focused and shorten labor. Call (757) 256-9476 for more information.
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And how a woman is treated during this transformative experience — whether she feels cared for, nurtured and empowered during birth or directed, coerced and ignored — matters more than whether a mother labors with drugs or without, or whether her baby comes out vaginally or by Cesarean section. In other words, how they were emotionally and physically cared for by doctors, nurses, and, in the rare case back then, midwives, had a great impact on the woman’s sense of accomplishment, control and self-esteem.:
Adapted from Penny Simpkin, Founder of Doulas of North America