Courageous Beginnings Doula Practice serves both tradition and specialty client populations. Traditional Doula Services are designed for women with more customary needs during their pregnancy and postpartum periods. However, I think you'll find that the "traditional services" at Courageous Beginnings are anything but basic. Please follow the link below for a more detailed description.
The Specialty Doula Services are designed for women with substance use disorders, specifically opiate or opioid use disorders. The majority of women who are struggling with substance use disorders or opiate use disorders are of child bearing age. As a result, women with substance use disorders become pregnant. Many factors, including both biological and lifestyle, can contribute to an unplanned pregnancy. It’s not the end of the world. In fact, it can be an amazing opportunity. It can help to talk to someone who understands, is compassionate, and doesn’t judge you for the situation you’re in. If you or someone you know is in this situation, there are many options available that are safe for you and your baby. The sooner you get connected with services, the more options you will have available to you. Please follow the link below for more detailed description
Meet Your Doula : During your birth, I see my primary role as a keeper of the sacred space. I offer birth, postpartum as well as antepartum services. I am also a licensed therapist with over 17 years supporting individuals and families during both joyous and difficult life events.
The guiding philosophy of my doula practice is that pregnancy, birth, postpartum, & parenting should be nurtured by a vibrant network of support systems. Supporting women and families improves the quality of life and the overall health of our community. I believe that all babies should be warmly welcomed into the world. That all mothers deserve to be supported, celebrated and treated with dignity and compassion. I see mothers as inherently capable, resourceful, powerful, resilient, and miraculous beings. These principles guide my practice and interactions with clients as well as the community, as I strive to work with the community to address disparity in birth support and maternal care across social, economic, racial and political lines.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOULAS AND BIRTH SUPPORT SERVICES
What is a doula? The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who assists another woman during childbirth and who often provides support to the mother and/or family after the baby is born
What does a doula do?
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Provides continuous support throughout the labor and childbirth process by being available and staying with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Encourages the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
- Supports the mother with breastfeeding, if mother selects to breastfeed
What are some of the benefits to having a doula as a member of your birth team?
- Need fewer interventions
- Reported higher overall positive birth experience
- Less likely to have pain relief medications administered,
- Decreases the overall cesarean rate
- Reduction in average length of labor
- Reduction in use of oxytocin (Artificial oxytocin, often called Pitocin)
- Reduction in requests for an epidural by 60%
- Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. According to physicians Marshal Klaus and John Kennell, massage helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream, causing uterine contractions, and to the brain, resulting in a feelings of well-being, drowsiness and higher pain threshold.
How is a doula different from a labor and delivery nurse or partner/spouse?
The most important thing a woman needs during labor is continuous support. This means that you have someone by your side continuously from start to finish. A doula does not leave your side. Nurses have many other responsibilities other than you. Aside from helping care for you, the nurse is communicating with your care provider, taking care of other patients, documenting care, taking breaks, and taking care of other responsibilities. A nurse’s support ends when her shift does. The doula only has one obligation the whole time she is with you—and that is YOU!
Dads and doulas can work together to make a support team for the mother. Often people think that they don’t need a doula because their partner will be with them continuously throughout labor. Your partner is an essential support person for you to have by your side. However, your partner will need to eat and use the bathroom at times. Depending on your labor, your partner may even need to take a break or brief nap. In addition, most partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures, or what goes on in a hospital. Doulas and partners can work together to make up a labor support team. A doula can be there to provide relief. It also takes the pressure off of your partner so the two of you can be focused on the miraculous and intimate event of welcoming your baby into the world.
The following link may be helpful if you’d like additional information about the
benefits of birth support and specific role of doulas