What is a doula?
A doula offers continuous presence and emotional care, comfort measures and an understanding of the laboring person’s desires for their birth. Beside their partner, there may be no other person to provide a continuous presence, and the doula, unlike a doctor, a nurse, or a midwife, has no other obligation during labor other than the person in labor. A doula’s ability to remain calm and objective may prove invaluable. A doula’s purpose is to support physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
A Birth Doula ...
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life.
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a person in labor.
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
- Stays with the family throughout the labor.
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the family get the information they need to make informed decision.
- Facilitates communication between the family and their clinical care providers.
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience.
- Encourages the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
What to expect...
The first meeting—
Our first visit is a complimentary meeting. My hope is that we connect on a level that makes us all sure that this partnership will be beneficial for you and your childbirth desires. This is the time for questions, comments, etc. I make no promises on the outcome of your birth other than I will strive to be a loving, caring, supportive part of your birth team.
This meeting will take about 1 hour. I would like to meet with all of the birthing mothers support team at some point, but this visit is a great time for the intimacy of just the parents (and siblings) and I to get acquainted.
Before we meet for this first visit, I would encourage you to visualize what your sacred birth looks like. Notice details, smells, sounds. Then, when we meet, let's discuss this vision and the ways in which it may or may not be achievable. While I try my best to manifest your optimal birth experience, I by no means make any promises. Birth is a marathon, for which you must come by mentally and physically prepared. Together, we will cross the finish line with passion and persistence.
Upon the signing of a contract and non-refundable retainer fee, I provide you and your partner with unlimited support availability by phone and email. I will return your correspondence as soon as possible, usually within 24-48 hours if I'm at a birth. If it is an emergency, contact your health care provider.
I offer a private client portal with informative links, handouts and e-files I have accumulated over the years. I do have a packet I give every parent when signing up for my services, but if you would like more information on something not included in that packet, please let me know.
I own many birth and parenting related books that you are welcome to borrow. Some of the genres other than pregnancy and childbirth include herbalism, yoga, vaccines, nature, archetypes, buddhism and healthy eating/cooking.
During your pre-natal visits, I will offer you suggestions and ideas to help facilitate your optimum birthing experience. This is the time to ask about birthing options and to adjust your birth plan if wanted or needed. We will review and practice pain management techniques, labor positioning and partner led support. We will go over postpartum support and expectations, local resources and self care. By learning these topics in a relaxed atmosphere, you will be more likely to recall these tips if needed.
If you have an interest in aromatherapy or herbs, we can review and discuss them at these appointments. We will review breastfeeding tips, skin to skin benefits, post-partum care of mother and infant and any other subjects you have questions about. These meetings are where I learn about you and how I can best serve you, so come prepared to get to know each other very quickly.
I happily support birthing families in the Oklahoma City Metro area, including Edmond, Norman, Yukon, Guthrie, Midwest City, Moore, Stillwater and Enid. I attend births at most Metro area hospitals, as well as home births. I believe families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and uphold inclusivity in my support.