Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, they develop a relationship. In this time the mother is free to ask questions and express any fears she may have. The doula will take an active role in helping the mother to create a birth plan that the mother is comfortable with.
The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an un-medicated birth or a cesarean. A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth.
Lisa will make herself available to the mother by phone, text, or in person to address any concerns that might arise during the course of pregnancy. Even though she does not provide any type of medical care, she is knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery. As such, she can help her clients gain a better understanding of the procedures and possible complications.
During Delivery, Lisa is in constant and close proximity to the mother. She has the ability to provide comfort with pain-relief techniques including breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and laboring positions. She also encourages participation from the partner and offers reassurance.
After the birth, Lisa is available to spend time helping you begin the breastfeeding process (if you choose too) and encouraging bonding between the new baby and other family members.
*Lisa is also a licensed massage therapist who is certified in pre-natal massage.
The benefits of having a doula are numerous.
Studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.