Why we DO-ula

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So often we are asked why we do what we do. Being a Doula is quite a unique profession. We work at all hours of the day and night, see clients at their best and most vulnerable, and share such a strong bond at the end of it all. There are so many reasons why we love what we do and here are the top 5:

Doulas decrease your anxiety and fear.

Going through pregnancy, childbirth and bringing baby home can cause quite a bit of worry for most expectant and new parents. Having someone who is an experienced guide walk you through an unknown experience makes the whole thing easier to manage. Having a birth or postpartum Doula guide you through the pregnancy and early weeks with baby helps to ease a lot of concerns that you many have. This allows you to relax, let go and enjoy the experience of welcoming your baby into the world. Read more

Epidural is NOT a dirty word

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Let’s get things straight right here and now. Birth Doulas support birth. ALL births. Being a Doula for a long time, I have had to debunk the myths of what kind of support we provide on a regular basis. “I have an OB’. To which we reply “Great!”. “I’m delivering in a hospital.” To which we reply, “Great!”.  “I plan to have an epidural.” To which we reply “Great!’.

There is this vision that we as Doulas are in the corner of a candle-lit room, in a clients home, chanting and beating a drum. While there are some clients that would like the kind of support, that is not what most of us do.  As Doulas we support using tools to enjoy the experience of meeting your baby for the first time. This may include a home water birth or a medical hospital birth.

Just imagine for a minute if we take away the judgement around the tools available for safe deliveries and start thinking of them for what they really are-tools.  Breathing, position changes, baths, showers, etc are tools.  Narcotics, nitrous oxide and epidural are also tools. As a person in labour you may use a few tools or lots of tools, both medicated and unmediated.  That is totally okay.  Having options for a safe and enjoyable delivery is why we are so happy that we live where we do. With our clients we spend our prenatal visits educating expectant families on all these tools. Read more