"How we give birth matters- and not just for the day itself. An empowering, confident start can have lifelong impact on the physical and emotional health of both mum and baby."
what a doula is
What is a doula and what does she do? The word "doula" comes from the ancient greek and means"women's servant". DONA International defines a doula as "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." A doula should support YOUR ideal birth and not have her own agenda. A doula is part of your birth team and should be respectful to the entire birth team.
What a doula isn't
What does a doula NOT do? A doula is not a medical professional. She does not perform clinical tasks. She does not make decisions for you- she should work hard to educate you so that you feel confident in making decisions that are best for you and your family! A doula does not take the place of your spouse or significant other- she is there to support them and help them feel more equipped to support you! A doula does not only support unmedicated birth- she supports ALL types of birth- unmedicated birth, medicated birth, induced birth, and cesarean birth!
As a doula, my commitment is to the expecting parents. I provide unbiased, evidence-based education as well as constant support, safety and encouragement. I am passionate about uniting the entire birth team in order to best serve the parents. I look for gaps in the entire process- from prenatal through postpartum- and find ways to fill them in order to provide parents with every ounce of care that they deserve. I am passionate about supporting dads by showing them how they can be part of the process, reminding them that this is their experience too and by talking through any fears that they may have.
"I didn't feel lost in this process as my doula discussed all options with me and helped to make sure that I was making a decision that was consistent with my values and desires."
"I absolutely loved my doula and she helped make my birthing experience everything I could have wanted. Even though my labor was long, I felt heard and supported throughout the entire duration. I know my husband and I would have felt lost without Hannah's support. She truly was such a blessing throughout our pregnancy and as we adjusted to life as parents of our beautiful baby girl."
"I am so, incredibly grateful for Hannah and her presence during labor and birth. A peaceful presence who listened, made suggestions, gently nudged me, explained things to and comforted my husband, helped to keep family at bay, and advocated for my needs with hospital staff was necessary."