For Moms, Babies & New Families
This support is helpful for expecting mothers, families, and newborns who:
- Have fear of giving birth
- Have difficulty getting pregnant
- Desire a conscious conception
- Had a challenging birth (c-section, induction, vacuum, etc.)
- Struggle with breastfeeding
- Are feeling overwhelmed and unsupported
- Are experiencing a babe who is crying, upset and inconsolable
- Are adjusting to new sleep patterns, relationship dynamics, etc.
For Mothers Especially:
- Fear and anxiety
- Recovery time post-birth
- Chance of postpartum depression
- Need for drug and medical interventions
While Increasing Your:
- Chance for a natural birth
- Emotional support so you feel more confident and trust the process
- Body strength and flexibility in preparation for birth
- Sense of peace as you prepare the body/mind/emotions to receive your newborn
- Ease with latching and breastfeeding
- Mother-baby bond
- Gently release any unresolved birth trauma and drug effects
- Strengthen their secure attachment through healthy bonding
- Create more ease with latching and breastfeeding
- Enhance brain and movement development
- Increase excitement and engagement
- Strengthen your dynamic as a couple preparing to be a family
- Maintain a calm, relaxed and grounded presence during pregnancy
- Cultivate a healthy and harmonious arrival of your little one
- Confidence with attuning to the needs of your baby and one another
- Less upsets and insecurities
- More ease and engagement for everyone
- Greater bonding and enjoyment of each other
Your Next Step:
“When a woman accesses her true power, she can access intuitively the innate wisdom and raw animal instincts within that know how to birth.”
– Sarah Grace
Numerous studies have shown that with support from a doula during labor:
- Labor is shorter with fewer complications
- There is a reduced need for induction, interventions, pain medications and/or procedures
- Both mother and baby are healthier
- Babies breastfeed more easily
Specifically, studies have shown that having a doula present during labor results in:
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 50% reduction in Cesarean rate
- 25% shorter labour
- 40% reduction in the use of Pitocin
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
(Information obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth – Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993))
The Doula’s Role is to:
- Meet with the expecting mom (and dad/partner if desired) before, during and after the birth to ensure a healthy attachment
- Stay with the birthing mother throughout labor, from the moment she is called until hours after birth.
- Provide continuous emotional support, and physical comfort measures throughout labor.
- Support the entire family by providing information needed to make informed decisions.
- Assist the birthing woman and her family in preparing for and carrying out her desired birth plan.
- Fully understand and have studied the physiology of birth, as well as the potential emotional impact.
- Hold and understand the emotional needs of the woman in labor as well as her partner’s.
- Hold space for the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
- Facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers be it a home or hospital birth.
- Recognize and hold the sanctity of the birth experience as a rite of passage that the mother and baby will remember for life.
- Hold a nurturing and protective presence during the time the birthing woman (and her partner/family) reflects back on her memory of the birth experience.
Sarah has been serving as a doula for more than a decade, supporting both home and hospital births. With Sarah’s support you have both a fierce ally at your side at all times as well as a compassionate, kind guide who will help you in welcoming your little one into the world. She creates a positive and empowering space for the innate wisdom of birth to unfold in both mom’s and baby’s bodies, working together in harmony.
In the early weeks, we come to you and your family for home visits.
– Tara Burk, School Teacher
– Marla Mervis-Hartmann
Because Moms, Babies and New Families need a lot of support, we offer many ways to nurture you during this precious time. Click here to learn about more ways to Support Moms, Babies & New Families during this sensitive transition time.