What do Birth Doulas offer?

Birth Doulas can:

 

  • Suggest positions for comfort and labor progression cross-over with hands-on comfort measures.​

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  • Ease the emotional experience of birth and also help to create a space where the hormones of labor can work at their best.

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  • Support the laboring partner in being involved as they'd like with the birth.​

  • Help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask questions and make informed decisions about their birth. 

What do Postpartum Doulas offer after the birth?

Postpartum doulas can:

 

  • Provide emotional support and encourage parents to follow their own intuition. 

  • Help with soothing techniques, offer breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, and explain typical newborn behavior.

  • Help with baby's laundry, doing the dishes or preparing simple meals.

 

  • Help the entire family adjust and settle in. 

What is Spinning Babies?

  • Spinning Babies® is an approach based on easing the baby’s rotation. When rotation is easier for the baby, birth is often easier for the birthing person. 

 

  • The pelvis has three levels and each level may differ in where there is more space for the baby’s head. Babies change position in labor to fit the pelvis. To make position changes easier for baby, we include muscle lengthening (toning not strengthening), body balancing, and increasing the measurements of each diameter of the pelvis, when helping labor be easier is a goal. 

 

  • Spinning Babies develops a new paradigm for birthing parents and providers that are not cervix-centered or force-powered.

Why Mothered-Centered Postpartum Care?

  • Community support is crucial for cooking, cleaning and tending to the house needs to facilitate the mother’s recovery. This is not only from a practical standpoint but also from the perspective of mental health. 

  • Ancient postpartum traditions throughout the world share common roots. These postpartum traditions all point to the importance of an extended resting period, warmth, specific foods, and bodywork after birth.

  • Many of these traditions also teach that how a mother is cared for during the postpartum time will profoundly be reflected in her health through menopause and beyond. 

Why Placenta Encapsulation? 

Placenta consumption can: 

  • Reduce the "baby blues" and prevent postpartum depression. 

  • Increase a mother's blood level of a stress-reducing hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone).

  • Increase milk production, and slow postpartum bleeding.

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