What’s a Doula Anyway?
The word “Doula” means “a woman who serves.” As women provide care for other women in something as uniquely feminine as pregnancy and childbirth we connect in a powerful way. A doula acts as the guardian of each woman’s birth story, providing physical and emotional support in a soothing and empowering way. The birthing woman is comforted and calmed through the presence and care of this experienced birth guide who knows that all she is experiencing is normal and appropriate.
“The doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. Their purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.”
– americanpregnancy.org › Labor and Birth
“Asking your husband to be your sole guide through labor is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa.”
– Pam England
Role of a Doula From the Mouth of a Mother…
Sarah, birthing mother
“Monica is an excellent doula in every capacity. My husband and I loved our birth experience with her and look forward to future deliveries with her by our sides! Monica was our advocate. She knew what questions to ask and what techniques to suggest. She supported the care from my OB and partnered with the hospital staff to promote the best outcomes.
She was our guide. Monica is trained in Hypnobabies and GentleBirth and brings personal experience to the table as well. She asked what birth experience we wanted and then directed us to the right resources. She encouraged me to text her anytime and would often send articles and videos that I would find inspiring.
Monica was my cheerleader from start to finish. She supported exactly the birth I desired, and gave me the tools to achieve that. She never failed to tell me I was doing a good job. In labor, she cheered me on and lead my husband to do the same. She taught him ways to help me manage contractions and together they kept me going. She never took control, letting me call all the shots. She also never let me give up but reminded me I could always change my mind.
Finally, Monica was my champion. Labor was fast and furious and she never got a break. But she never let her tiredness show. She stayed with us late into the night to make sure we were settled and well. Her positivity and confidence throughout pregnancy and labor was exactly what I needed. She was my rock in the rough moments and helped me find that same strength in myself!”