"... a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible."
Evidence-based research shows that patients who use birth doulas are:
The racial disparities that exist in pregnancy and childbirth among black women in this country are staggering. I am personally invested as a survivor of postpartum cardiomyopathy. I almost died 5 weeks after giving birth to my daughter. I am black. I was pregnant at an “advanced maternal age.” My symptoms (of heart failure) were not taken seriously. I was armed with decades of knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of pregnancy and childbirth, and my symptoms were still ignored. My sister and I had to BEG my Perinatologist to review my labs at my last appointment. BEG! What was his response: “I don’t understand why you have not been delivered.” This is simply unacceptable. I am committed to having a voice in this fight and see no better way to dedicate my time.
I want to help you gain comfort in trusting your instincts and being able to advocate for yourself.
There is nothing I enjoy more than physically being with the families I am providing services for. Unfortunately, we are living in different times where that type of support may not be possible. Virtual doula services have been developed to provide guidance and support without jeopardizing COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Families still need support and access to evidence-based information and techniques that can lead to a healthy birth and favorable postpartum outcomes.
Breastfeeding comes naturally to some, but not so easily to others. I offer one-on-one informational, positional, and emotional support to those who are struggling to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Providing in-home and group sessions.
Sessions will resume once clear COVID-19 guidelines are in place. Virtual classes are in development.
"Postpartum doulas are trained to understand what new babies- and new mothers- truly need. The doula helps with soothing techniques, offers breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, and explains normal newborn behavior."
The Postpartum Doula’s Role In Maternity Care: