Birth Doula Information

Studies, Partners and Choices

The Cochrane Review

Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care resources. So what does the Cochrane review on continuous support in labour have to say?

“Supportive care during labour may involve emotional support, comfort measures, information and advocacy. These may enhance physiologic labour processes as well as women’s feelings of control and competence, and thus reduce the need for obstetric intervention. The review of studies included 23 trials (22 providing data), from 16 countries, involving more than 15,000 women in a wide range of settings and circumstances.

Women who received continuous labour support were more likely to give birth ‘spontaneously’, i.e. give birth with neither caesarean nor vacuum nor forceps. In addition, women were less likely to use pain medications, were more likely to be satisfied, and had slightly shorter labours. Their babies were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores. No adverse effects were identified. We conclude that all women should have continuous support during labour. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s social network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training, appears to be most beneficial.” Cochrane Review

 

My partner will be there, isn't that enough?

Partners can be amazing supporters.  In fact we feel that we see the best of the best.  A partner that is interested in seeing extra support for the birthing mama, has to be pretty awesome to begin with.

The support of a Doula isn’t instead of, or better than that of a partner’s.  It is different support, and it complements the partner in a way that has to be felt.  There is nothing like having two sets of hands, two minds, and two hearts focused on the labouring woman as she births her child. As Doulas, we are grateful to be part of a team working together to support the labouring woman.

Additionally, we feel that the primary support partners have been put into a tough spot over the last few decades.  For a long time they weren’t invited into the birth space, and when that started to change pressure was put on them to earn their place in the birthing room. Suddenly they were given the job of coach!  Why should partners be asked to assume a ‘job’, on a day when they too are becoming a parent, or meeting their next child? What about their emotional experience?  We view the experience of birth to be a family event, and each person involved should be supported and cared for as that family transforms and welcomes new life into it.

Birth is a big experience that takes all your strength and heart energy, why wouldn’t you have a team with you?  Strong on our own, stronger together. 

Aren't Doulas just for 'Natural' Births?

We don’t even really like the phrase ‘natural birth’, but the answer is no.

Doulas should not have an agenda for you and your family’s birth choices.  It is her job to offer you balanced and evidence based information so that you can make the decisions that are right for your family.  We know that birth is unpredictable and often presents twists and turns that can not be planned for.  With this knowledge in mind we encourage our clients to be informed and ready to adapt to the path as it unfolds.  Our goal is to help you have access to broad information in an effort to allow you the opportunity to truly give informed consent when matters of consent arise.  Even if the path to birth does not flow as you hoped, it is important to us to try to support you in being confident and satisfied that you made solid choices that you are comfortable with for the long term. We refer to this as the path of least regret.

Sometimes, even with access to information and education, partner support, doula support and respectful medical care providers, the path can be rocky. Having a doula does not guarantee you will be blissfully happy about your birth experience, but it does increase the odds.  And in the times when, despite everything, a family still feels the effect of traumatic or unexpected happenings, your doula will be there to help you process and work through that experience.  If you choose to access her for this, she can be a valuable tool for healing, as she will have walked that path with you.

The Doula role is one of support. We want to see a happy and content family at the end of the birth experience, a strong team that is ready to tackle their new life as parents.

What We Offer

We strive to meet the unique needs of each family that we support.  We have several packages available and are open to discussion if you need something more tailored. It is our intention to provide the support that is right for you.

We always offer a free consultation to give you an opportunity to go over the birth doula agreement details in person, and to meet the doula to get a sense of who she is and if she is a good fit for you. We encourage you to interview as many doulas as you need to until you find the one that feels right for you.  Once we have met with you we will hold your spot on our calendar for 10 days.

Some of the features in our Basic Birth Doula Support Package are:

  • Unlimited email, text and phone support, as per your needs.
  • Regular information emails throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
  • A Welcome Session that includes hands on practice of body balancing tips.
  • A Free Pass to our Labour Tips & Techniques session.
  • A Prenatal meeting to discuss your hopes for the labour & delivery.
  • A $20 credit towards any of our classes.
  • Continuous support during the birth period.
  • Continued text, email, and phone support postnatally.
  • A Birth processing visit from your birth doula after baby is born.

Once you have confirmed your spot, you will be able to pick up your Welcome Package which includes some special items from some of our favourite local companies!

We have the following packages available:

ElementsAll The Classes PackageInformed & Supported PackagePost Natal Support PackageThe Whole Package
Birth Doula SupportNot Included YesNot IncludedYes
Labour Tips SessionYesYesNot IncludedYes
In Tune ClassYesYesNot IncludedYes
Breastfeeding Basics classYesYesYesYes
Bringing Baby Home classYesYesYesYes
Postnatal Doula Support (3 Hours)Not IncludedNot IncludedYesYes
Lactation ConsultationNot IncludedNot IncludedYesYes
Childbirth Prep ClassesYesYesNot IncludedYes

When we meet in person we can discuss these options more fully to help you decide what is best for you and your family.  If need be, we can tweak a package to fit your needs.

“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” – Ina May Gaskin

Info Sessions

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Comfort techniques; Baby Prep; Breastfeeding Basics – Learn more here!

Classes

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Click here to see the options available in our packages for Childbirth Education.

After Baby Support

How can a postnatal doula and feeding specialist enhance your experience?

 

Our Team

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We are so fortunate to have found ourselves drawn to each other, to have such a wide range of experience and knowledge between us all.  Learn more about each of us here:

About Us!

Foundations has grown in many ways lately. We are happy to be finding new ways of working together and adding of new partners and services. It is so exciting to be actualizing the depth of care that has been our vision for quite some time now. Read More about “The Path To Here”

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Phone: 204-228-1783

Email: info@foundationsbirthservices.ca

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