Birth Doula

Benefits of Birth Doula Support
What is a birth doula?
There are many benefits to hiring a doula for support during childbirth.
Studies have shown that continuous labor support leads to incredible
results including:

» 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
» Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
» 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score.
» 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth

Choosing a doula to provide this support as opposed to another
support person offers:

» 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
» 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous, vaginal birth.

(These statistics are based on a 2017 Cochrane review. To learn more

A birth doula is a professional with credible experience and training in the childbirth process. Birth doulas are prepared to support families throughout pregnancy labor and delivery and the immediate postpartum period.

Birth doulas provide: 

Emotional support » Filling a gap in maternity care by providing the emotional support that compassionate but very busy healthcare providers are not always able to attend to. During labor I look out for your emotional needs providing comfort, reassurance, encouragement and giving you a safe space to share whatever is on your mind and in your heart so you can release it.

Practical » Hands on support for you and your birth partner during labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period. Guidance with positioning and coping techniques. Helping you increase your chances of optimal fetal positioning. Assistance with comfort measures in the form of counter pressure, massage and so much more.

Informational » Prenatally I  help you find the most reliable, up to date information about childbirth to help you prepare and write your birth plan. During labor and delivery I remind you of the options available and help advocate for yourself.

"Without Cassie I would have never been able to go natural. I was exhausted before my hard labor began. Cassie helped me hum through my labor that I thought I would scream through. Something I never thought was possible for me was made easy and encouraging with Cassie there."
As your Great Lakes Douala I am proud to support families through a variety of birthing experiences, from natural home births to planned cesarean sections and everything in between.

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