When I am asked what I do for a living, I often get the same reaction:
Cue blank stares upon stating "I'm a doula!" (And RMT and Infant Sleep Educator AND Herbalist, but that is a topic for another day!)
So, let's clear up the confusion!
What is a Doula?
The term doula originally comes from an Ancient Greek word, which means “a woman who serves”. We are trained and experienced professionals, who are available to provide emotional, physical and informational support as you (the birthing mother and her partner/family) go through the transition of labour and delivery and into the postpartum period.
What does a Doula do?
We understand the physiology of birth, the processes, tests, and procedures of labour, delivery and the postpartum period. We assist in creation of birth plans. We provide continuous support throughout active labour and birth. We provide or find the information you are seeking. We facilitate communication between you, your partner and your health care providers. We encourage and allow your birthing partner (father, mother, friend, etc) to be involved, informed and participating at their comfort level.
What doesn’t a Doula do?
We do not perform any clinical or medical tasks (including blood pressure, vaginal checks, monitoring fetal heart rate or providing clinical care.)
We do not replace the partner of the birthing mother. We support them, along side of the birthing mother, so they also feel informed, supported and cared for during the labour and delivery. We do not make decisions on your behalf. We provide information and support so that you and your partner can make informed and confident decisions. We do not judge. Your birthing experience is yours. We support you in your choices. Our role is always to provide information, and support, both physical and emotional, with the utmost of respect for your decisions.
Our Birth Philosophy at Amber Dawn Holistic Wellness
We believe in positive birth experiences.
We believe in your right to information and the ability to give informed consent.
We believe in you and your ability to birth your baby.
We believe that you have the right to choose how you would like your birth experience to be. (Obviously recognizing the unpredictable nature of childbirth as well.)
We know that continuous labour support has proven effective in shortening labour times, reducing caesaran rates and pain medications used. Not to mention, leaving the birthing mother with a feeling of a more positive birth experience!
Why should you hire a Doula?
Regardless of your birth plan, whether it is all natural or medicated or a planned caesaran, we are here for you! We believe that every birthing person should have a doula, before, during and after labour. We are invaluable in supporting both you and your partner throughout the whole experience and ensuring that you feel safe, comforted and empowered.
So often in life, we are expected to figure out what we’re doing, where we’re going and how to get there, all on our own.
At Amber Dawn Holistic Wellness, we want to bring back the village model of care, where you have wisdom, compassion and support available to you during this transitional time. Women have always supported other birthing people and continuing this model of community care is one of our core philosophies.
We know that birth is sacred. Let's honour that together.