What is a doula?
The word « doula » comes from the ancient Greek meaning « a woman who serves » and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, and babies breastfeed more easily.
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor if she wishes it
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures
- Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
- Offers companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum
- Assists with newborn care, family adjustment
- Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
Why use a doula?
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth
- tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
- Have lower incidence of abuse
It’s possible to get private :
– baby massage workshops
– baby sling classes
Each meeting of 1h30
(for support, breastfeeding, birth plan or else…)
Presence at birth (up to 10h) + a postpartum visit
If you live more than 20mn away from me
If you live more than 30mn away from me
Evening (after7pm) appointement or on Sunday
+ 10 € per meeting
+ 20 € per meeting
+ 10 € per meeting
Meeting possible via Skype – 50%
Maternity Nurse : if you are exhausted, if you are alone, if you have other children… and need some rest and/or support – don’t hesitate to contact me.
We will find a suitable organisation for everyone !
Pre Natal Massage – 60mn : 75€ at your place
Rebozo : 3 hours – from 150€
Do not forget that I DO NOT REPLACE THE MEDICAL ROLE OF THE MIDWIFE OR GYNECOLOGIST during your pregnancy.