What is a doula?
Doulas are women who serve the mother through providing physical and emotional support from the time the mother asks until after the baby arrives. A doula offers a kind, helping hand to the mother and her partner while in labor and throughout the delivery process. Doulas are trained in a variety of comfort techniques, and can offer helpful suggestions to the laboring couple to keep labor moving in the right direction. Doulas are not trained in medical techniques, nor do they offer clinical services such as pap smears, fetal heart monitoring, etc. What a doula does offer is unconditional support, birth wisdom, and tremendous patience. Drawing upon our experience of attending many births, we can help to navigate you through this one precious journey.
Anyone can call herself a doula and offer to be with a woman during labor. Any support is better than none at all! Most doulas however have received training through organizations such as DONA International, Ancient Song Doula Services, CAPPA, Birth Arts International, Pacific Rim College, etc. The goal of these trainings is to educate doulas on the physiological and emotional process of birth, ways to support the mother and family through their birth and ways to educate the parents so that they are prepared for the birth. Most doula trainings will discuss positions for labor and birth, comfort techniques and will discuss confidentiality and the importance or respecting a client’s privacy.
In addition to training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro through DONA international, Tuesday has completed workshops in lactation support, acupuncture for labor and delivery, Hypnobirthing, and the much loved rebozo.