My intentions as the doula are not to replace the father or co-parent during the labor and delivery process. Instead, I will complement and support him and others present for the birth, as well. After the birth, I will assist with first feedings and bonding efforts if needed. I can also work with mothers postpartum to facilitate healing and consult throughout the often-complicated breastfeeding process
During labor, I give emotional and physical support to the mother. To ensures that mom gets enough water/fluids and employs pain and stress relief measures like heat or cold therapy. I also coach the mother through pain, using coping skills like visualization, relaxing touch and breathing techniques. I can also suggest position changes that help the laboring mother-to-be
Baby’s first feeding Support
Once the baby arrives, I would promote demand breastfeeding by assisting and observing mom and baby. First, help mom recognize the baby's feeding cues, and then encourage frequent skin-to-skin that regulates body temperature and helps the baby seek out the nipple. Handle the discomfort and progress in labor
Postpartum follow-up visit
As postpartum doula works with families in the postpartum period providing them with emotional, physical, and informational support. The doula can also demonstrate newborn care, assist with breastfeeding, provide care to older children, and be there to fill in the gaps as necessary.
Postpartum follow-up visit
As postpartum doula works with families in the postpartum period providing them with emotional, physical, and informational support. ... The doula can also demonstrate newborn care, assist with breastfeeding, provide care to older children, and be there to fill in the gaps as necessary.
Make decisions for you
Doulas are non-medical professionals, and I will never make decisions or speak for you. In fact, birth and postnatal satisfaction is so tied to our autonomy and sense of control, that your support team may advise, but should not decide anything for you.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I as your doula will help you navigate the system and will help to best vocalize your needs to your care providers. I can remind you of choices you’ve expressed wanting to make prior to labor when interventions or medical assistance is suggested. I cannot decide for you whether or not to accept treatment or talk to your care team on your behalf. I will maintain a good, mutually respectful, relationship with your medical staff so that everyone in the room can focus on you and your growing family – allowing you the best chance at the birth you envisioned.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
I am looking forward to joining you on your journey of childbirth, I will never judge you on your decisions as it is your journey. I am here for the support and to help you with your decisions.