Fuller Birth Support

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Carmen FUller CD(DONA), CCCE

               

Services Available:

~Certified Birth Doula Services

~Private Prenatal Classes

 

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What is a Birth Doula?

Doula- a Greek word meaning a woman who serves. In labor support terminology,a doula refers to a specially trained birth companion (not a friend or loved one) who provides labor support. She performs no clinical tasks. Doula also refers to lay women who are trained or experienced in providing postpartum care (mother and newborn care, breastfeeding support and advice, cooking, child care, errands, and light cleaning) for the new family. To distinguish between the two types of doulas, the terms birth doulas and postpartum doulas are used.

Why use a Birth Doula?

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and        cesareans
  • reduces the mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals

  Research shows parents who receive support can: 

  •   Feel more secure and cared for
  •   Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  •   Have greater success with breastfeeding
  •  Have greater self-confidence
  •   Have less postpartum depression
  •   Have lower incidence of abuse

 A Birth Doula....

  •  Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  •   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
  •     Stays 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 care providers
  •    Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
  •   Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level