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Brother's Kiss

According to DONA International, a birth doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a [birthing person] before, during and shortly after childbirth to help [the birthing person] achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”

"Full spectrum" refers to a doula who provides support for the full spectrum of pregnancy and birth–including contraception, conception and fertility, adoption and surrogacy, abortion, stillbirth, miscarriage, and of course traditional childbirth.
 
Research shows that doula support during labor and delivery can:

  • Reduce the use of pitocin (artificial oxytocin)

  • Reduce requests for pain medication

  • Reduce likelihood of a c-section birth

  • Reduce the likelihood of the use of forceps or a vacuum during delivery

  • Increase overall satisfaction with the birthing experience

  • Produce better Apgar scores for the newborn

 
Along with these clinical benefits, doula support can also lead to better postpartum mental health, boosted self-esteem, decreased anxiety about birth, increased confidence, and improved relaxation and reassurance.

For Partners + Other Support People
So, your loved one wants a doula. Now what?
 
Doulas not only work in partnership with pregnant people, we are here to serve you too!
 
While you provide greater emotional support and a deeper understanding of the birthing person, a doula can:

  • Help you navigate the healthcare system

  • Help you evaluate the benefits and risks in decision making with your loved one

  • Inform you on the birthing process and procedures associated with birth

  • Teach you pain management techniques to comfort your loved one

  • Give you time to eat, rest, and take breaks while your loved one is still supported

  • Provide support for siblings

 
With a doula on your side, you create a strong birth team that instills confidence in everyone involved.

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