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Professional Labor Support and Doula Care

 

KonzaBaby Doula Services are available to families in our local area prenatally, during labor and for postpartum care.  The term doula is Greek for slave or servant. Doulas provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.  They call themselves many things including: Childbirth Assistant, Labor Support Professional, Birth Assistant, Birth Companion, etc.

A doula...

 
bulletRecognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life...
bulletUnderstands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor...
bulletAssists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth...
bulletStays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor...
bulletProvides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions...
bulletFacilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical careproviders...
bulletPerceives her role as one who nutures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.

 

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.


A doula provides:

 
bulletexplanations of medical procedures
bulletemotional support
bulletadvice during pregnancy
bulletexercise and physical suggestions to make pregnancy more comfortable
bullethelp with preparation of a birth plan
bulletmassage and other non-pharmacological pain relief measures
bulletpositioning suggestions during labor and birth
bullethelps support the partner so that they can love and encourage the laboring woman
bulletavoid unnecessary interventions
bullethelp with breastfeeding preparation and beginnings,
bulletwritten record of the birth
bulletmany other possibilities that vary from doula to doula

What Can A Doula Do For Me?

According to Mothering the Mother, How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth, by Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell (1993), having a doula can give you a:

 
bullet50% reduction in cesarean rates
bullet25% shorter labor
bullet60% reduction in epidural requests
bullet40% reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use
bullet30% reduction in analgesia use
bullet40% reduction in forceps delivery

Questions To Ask Your Doula

bulletDoes she provide prenatal and/or postpartum visits?
bulletWhat can you expect during these visits, if offered?
bulletHow many births has she attended?
bulletCan she provide references?
bulletWhat form of training has she had?
bulletWhat types of births has she witnessed (Cesarean, epidural, intervention free, VBAC, teen birth, etc.)?
bulletHer fee?
bulletHas she ever worked with your care provider or at your place of birth?
bulletDoes she has back-up arrangements available?
bulletWhat will her role be in early labor?
bulletWill she provide labor support at your home prior to going to the place of birth?
bulletIs she familiar with many methods of childbirth?
bulletHow does she define her role during labor and birth?
bulletDoes her fee include postpartum doula care and does she offer these services?

KonzaBaby Doula Services

We offer prenatal, labor and postpartum doula services.  For more information, please contact us.

 

Updated 10/17/2002

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