Doulas! Who are they and what do they do?

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In honour of World Doula Week I thought I’d share a blog written by Wonderwear Modern Diaper Service (guest blogger)

What is a doula? Why hire a doula? 

Doulas can offer guidance, insight and support during labor and delivery in a calm and nurturing way. Doula is a Greek term meaning “woman who serves,” and it has been used to describe the women who serve birthing mothers. It is normal to have apprehension and many questions/concerns when going through pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal stages… it is really fantastic that there are resources available to see you through the process!

Regardless of this is your first or fifth baby, doulas can be a great resource to rely on because their attention is on you.

Pre-birth appointments provide you with an opportunity to talk about your fears and hopes as you prepare for delivery. Postnatal appointments often include a debrief about how things went for you and address any of the concerns you may have caring for your newborn. For those with previous birth trauma or a pregnancy complication, it can be really beneficial to have a non-medical professional and a non-family member with you during your birth. A doula can provide birth support and a listening ear without having to make clinical decisions, and without the emotional difficulties a family member may experience from your previous birth experience. A doula will also provide emotional encouragement, explanations and support to your partner and family members if they are there with you.

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A doula supports the birthing parents in all the stages of labour. That means for all of those hours of “pre labour” you would have someone continuously with you, explaining things, telling you this is normal, and offering positioning suggestions to help baby move down and offer reassurance that will help keep you calm and focused . A birth doula is equally knowledgeable as your doctors and nurses about what’s happening and what you are feeling; and are with you every second during labor and delivery. She keeps the love high and the fear low, so when it is time for your doctor or midwife to arrive you are feeling empowered… not full of fear and exhaustion.

Childbirth is a very special time in a women’s life. But let’s be honest, it can also be a scary and overwhelming time from both a physical and emotional perspective. Having the right support system during pregnancy, postpartum and throughout your parenting journey can help families thrive through vs. survive through even the most challenging times.

Some amazing Doulas that I work with are:

– Precious Moments Babeez

– The Nesting Place

– The Womb

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About Laura Wilson

Mommy Connections East Toronto Director and mother of two children. Leaving in Leslieville and trying to connect moms to each other as well as all the wonderful programs offered in the east end. Check out my sites. Twitter - https://twitter.com/MommyConnectETO Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MommyConnectionsEastTO?ref=hl Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/MommyConnectionsEastTO/

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