Doula Support Services

Labor Support

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What is a Labor Doula? 


A Labor Doula is a woman who serves and cares for other women during their pregnancies, through labor and just after giving birth. 


A Labor Doula provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during and just after the birth to the mother and her family. 


Studies have shown that when a Labor Doula is present at a woman’s birth, there are fewer medical interventions such as inductions, forceps and vacuum extraction, and cesareans, fewer complications, labors are shorter, and babies breastfeed more often and easier and babies are healthier. 


Here are some of the statistical benefits of having a Labor Doula: 

· 50% reduction in the cesarean rate 

· 25% shorter labor 

· 60% reduction in epidural requests 

· 40% reduction in oxytocin use 

· 30% reduction in analgesia use 

· 40% reduction in forceps delivery Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993) 


As a Labor Doula… 

· We understand the physiology of birth and the  emotional needs of a woman in labor. I can  help you to plan for your labor and birth and  help you to achieve your goals as best as  possible. 


· We can stay with you throughout the labor, birth and immediate postpartum period. 


· We can provide you an objective viewpoint and  continue to provide non-judgmental support no matter what your choices and decision are.

 

· We can provide you with emotional support as  well as help you with physical comfort measures during labor: breathing, relaxation,        movement, positioning. 


· We can help you to get the information that you need to make informed choices and decision about your care and your babies care. 


· We can help to facilitate the communication between the medical staff and the laboring family. 


· We can help the mother’s partner and other support team by showing them how to care for her during labor and keeping them aware of what’s going on with the birth process and keeping them involved in her care and nurturance. 


Overall, our role as a mother’s Labor Doula is to nurture her and protect her memory of her birth experience while helping her voice be heard. Doula in Bridgeport Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care and Beyond in Bridgeport Dada Zuri in Bridgeport

Postpartum Support

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What is a Postpartum Doula?
 

A Postpartum Doulas assists families who are bringing home a new baby, whether that is through birth or adoption.  A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after birth or bringing baby home.  Even experienced parents benefit from the support of a Postpartum Doula.
 

As a Postpartum Doula…
 

·   We  can help to ease the transition when a new member of the family has arrived.  
 

·   We can help to reduce the mother’s risk of experiencing postpartum mood disorders.  
 

·   We can offer evidence based information on infant feeding including breastfeeding assistance and infant care including bathing, changing, soothing and bonding.  
 

·   We can help you with your physical postpartum recovery needs, whether you’ve had a vaginal or cesarean birth.   
 

·   We can provide nonjudgmental support to you no matter what choices and decisions you make regarding your care and your babies care.
 

·   We can assist with light household tidying and nutritious meal preparation to assist with postpartum recovery.
 

Overall, my role is to “Mother the Mother” and to assist with the family’s adjustment when baby arrives.  


·  We can provide you with emotional support as  well as help you with physical comfort measures during labor: breathing, relaxation,        movement, positioning. 


·  We can help you to get the information that you need to make informed choices and decision about your care and your babies care. 


·  We can help to facilitate the communication between the medical staff and the laboring family. 


·  We can help the mother’s partner and other support team by showing them how to care for her during labor and keeping them aware of what’s going on with the birth process and keeping them involved in her care and nurturance. 


Overall, our role as a mother’s Labor Doula is to nurture her and protect her memory of her birth experience while helping her voice be heard. 

Doula Services Doula in Bridgeport

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Our DONA Certified and Trained Doulas


 When I made a call to the community looking for Women of Color who were interested in becoming Labor Doulas, early 2016, this is what I received. While some of these women are still students, some are now the Dada  Zuri Graduates of the Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care and Beyond  - New Doula Skills and Mentoring Program and are now Community Doulas  and Perinatal Health Advocates. They are warriors and  protectors of a women's space and were willing to sacrifice to do just  that. They have been trained by Doulas of North America (DONA) certified  trainer Amadoma Bediako and have committed daily to  study and personal growth, developing in knowledge, wisdom and  understanding in order to serve the women in their communities with  their highest quality of service. The ultimate goal of Earth's Natural  Touch is... Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, which in turn creates  Healthy Families and Healthy Communities. We've got lots of work to do  and we're ready! I am so honored and proud that they have chosen me to  be their mentor and I look forward to many, many days walking with them  while they support and nurture Mamas and Babies.

If you are interested in our New Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program, please visit our Educational Services Page here for details 

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