Wednesday, June 1, 2005

B*E*S*T Doula Service Home Page

B*E*S*T Doula Service Home Page

What is a Doula?
Doulas (also called Childbirth Assistants, Labor Support Professionals, Birth Assistants, or Birth Companions) provide emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, labor, birth and immediate postpartum.

A Doula does not replace the partner. Instead she helps support the partner so that he or she can love and encourage the laboring woman.

A Doula provides continuous, uninterrupted support throughout labor and delivery. She offers massage, suggestions for position changes, relaxation techniques, reminders to stay hydrated and keep her bladder empty. She also believes in a woman's ability to birth her baby.

Throughout the ages, women have looked to other women for support while giving birth. This is a primal need and does not reflect on her relationship with her partner in any way.

My Services Include:
Birth Hypnosis
Personalized relaxation tapes for birth
Pre-natal visit(s)
Assistance with and preparation of a Birth Plan that works
Telephone support and advice throughout pregnancy and immediate postpartum
Suggestions for a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery
Alternative relief measures for morning sickness and other discomforts during pregnancy
Massage and other alternative pain relief measures
Labor and birth positioning suggestions for comfort and labor progress
Breastfeeding preparation, information and support
Comprehensive written record of the birth
Referrals to other doulas

Additional (optional) Services Include:
Birthing From Within childbirth education classes
Attend prenatal exercise classes
Attend childbirth classes along with or in place of the partner
Photographs or videotape of birth and/or new baby
Accompany mother to meet with doctor or midwife
Belly masks

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