A doula is a woman who provides pre-natal information and support as well as continuous labor support during childbirth. Working together with the mother and her husband, friends and family to assist with emotional and physical needs, as well as relaxation techniques such as positioning and massage. Doulas are women who are passionate about birth and are dedicated to making the experience as comfortable and as memorable as possible. Doulas have statistically been shown to reduce the use of epidural anesthesia, forceps births and lower the Cesarean rate. A doula can also specialize in many other areas such as massage therapy (including infant massage), different birthing techniques and methods, pre-natal exercise, etc.
**It is important to interview a doula first so that you are comfortable with the woman you have chosen. I would like to set up an appointment with you by 6 or 7 months in order to start an exercise and stretching routine and talk about important ways to prepare in advance for your labor. Though you can contact me at any time during your pregnancy.