Tabitha Ames BS, CCCE, CLD, CPD, CLE
CAPPA Faculty: Childbirth Educator Trainer
Labor support is centuries old, but its advantages have now been validated in six controlled studies and its positive benefits should not be overlooked... The challenge is to turn to obstetric technology only when necessary, relying instead on the practice of continuous labor support to help the birth process follow its natural, normal course. ~John Kennel, Marshall Klaus, et al. Journal of the American Medical Association
The Greek word doula means "woman caregiver", and is now accepted to mean the experienced labor companion who provides non-medical support for the woman and her partner throughout labor, birth, and for at least a short time postpartum. The labor doula helps you to have a more satisfying birth experience, and will use her knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, and as needed, communication with the staff to be sure you have the tools needed to make informed decisions as they arise during labor. A doula can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other comfort techniques.
The major role of the postpartum doula is to provide support and help the family transition smoothly into having a new baby. She helps parents feel more confident in their abilities to care for their babies, and gives practical tips and advice. She does not take over the role of caring for the newborn, but instead helps give positive, nonjudgmental support and information. She is an expert in both the newborn and the immediate postpartum mother. The postpartum doula can help identify when things are going normally or when the family might need to seek additional help for either the mom or the newborn. Studies have shown that women who have social support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
Tabitha's Cell - 925-360-0817