The word doula is Greek, which simply means 'a woman who serves'. The term doula is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to expectant families before, during, and after childbirth. A doula uses comforting touch, breathing, and relaxation techniques, as well as positioning to promote an optimal birth. Doulas offer support to expecting mothers and families by guiding them through the information aspects of pregnancy and beyond.
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A Doula DOES
Hold professional training:
Hiring a professionally trained doula is important in ensuring you will receive the care and support you deserve. Doula Mae is trained and certified with DONA International and strives to participate in a number of educational opportunities yearly.
Building a trusting relationship with your doula will also build your confidence to make informed decisions about your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. Doula Mae strives to make a lasting impression in turn enhancing your forever memories.
Recognize birth as an important event:
Not only does Doula Mae understand the physiological aspects of birth, but also the emotional needs of growing families. Each birth experience is unique and will be remembered for a lifetime.
Guide you through your journey:
Doula Mae will help you become educated in labor and birth preferences. You will be offered guidance to create your ideal birth plan (and a back up plan), information on different comfort measures, and a supportive hand in achieving a positive experience.
A Doula Does NOT
Perform any clinical or medical tasks:
Doula Mae's sole purpose is to serve as a companion to offer emotional, physical, and spiritual support.
Doula Mae strives to provide you the information needed to make the best decisions for you and your baby.
Speak to the staff on your behalf:
Doula Mae has your best interest in mind, but is not able to speak for you. We know that you are strong and because of that it's encouraged that you (and your birth partner) to use your voice.
Project any personal beliefs onto you:
We all have our own beliefs and opinions. Doula Mae is not here to judge, so please be yourself.
Payment options include: cash, check, credit, debit, HSA/FSA cards, and gift certificates. Payment plans are available upon request as Doula Mae Birth Services believes every person desiring additional support should have access.