About Using a Doula
Will the birth doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner,
and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved
in the birth to the extent he or she feels comfortable.
Does the birth doula make decisions on my behalf?
does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their
clinical care. She provides informational, physical and
emotional support, while respecting a woman’s
decisions. She can help you formulate questions to ask
the medical staff so you can make the best decisions for
your new family.
What is the difference between a postpartum doula and
a baby nurse?
The role of a postpartum doula is to help a
woman through her postpartum period and to nurture the
family. Unlike a baby nurse, a doula’s focus is not
solely on the baby, but on fostering independence for the
entire family. The doula is as available to the father
and older children as to the mother and the baby. Treating
the family as a unit that is connected and always changing
enables doulas to do their job: nurture the family.
How does the postpartum doula nuture the parents into
their new roles?
Self-confidence has a tremendous impact
on a person’s
ability to approach any task, and parenting is no different.
DONA International doulas are taught to always consider
parents’ feelings and always build confidence whenever
possible. Doulas accomplish this through praise, acceptance
and a non-judgmental approach. In addition, the doula will
teach parents strategies and skills that will improve their
ability to bond with their babies. A calm baby who is growing
well will help parents to feel more confident in their
skills. Also, a postpartum doula does not promote any certain
parenting approach. She is educated to support the mothers’ own
parenting style. Doulas are good listeners and encourage
mothers to develop their own philosophies.
the Perfect Baby Shower Gift — a Doula
Do you know an expecting
family that already has everything to fill the
baby's room? How about giving the gift of an experienced
doula? We have gift certificates available for
various levels of child birth support!