General role of a labor doula
A doula accompanies you in labor to help ensure a satisfying birth experience by
providing physical, emotional/spiritual, and educational support.
A doula will help you make decisions by providing information, support, and creating space but will not make
decisions for you.
I will help you feel empowered to make the appropriate decisions for your own health. We are not trying to persuade you in any way just merely provide you with unbiased resources and information.
A doula works for you, not your care provider or the hospital.
A doula does not perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure or fetal
heart rate monitoring.
A doula does not replace your partner but is part of your birth team or
community. In my 10 years experience in birth work I've been able to be
in tune to couples needs. Sometimes my hands on help is needed
and there are times I can step back and simply hold space for you to do
the work you need to birth your baby.
For labor support please contact Birth Comadres
As your doula I will
Meet with you twice prenatally or more if needed
Meetings include but not limited to: help put together your birth preferences or "plan", discussion of choices in childbirth, comfort measures and coping methods, risks/benefits of various choices and procedures, and discussion of postpartum adjustment and expectations. I will guide you through the different emotional and physical changes of pregnancy.
Be on call for you 24 hours a day beginning 2 weeks before the estimated due
date (EDD) and ending two weeks after the birth of our child. And provide you with postpartum resources.
Provide continuous labor support from the time you ask me to come until after
the baby is born. I will come to your house to provide support, or (if not birthing at home) meet you at the hospital/birth center,
depending on your preference. I will not leave unless you ask me to, and even then will be available by phone. In the event labor exceeds 24 hours, I may call in a back-up doula to care for you while I take a nap. You have the option of meeting this back-
up doula in advance if you desire.
Provide two postpartum visits to process the birth, answer any questions you
might have regarding baby care and self care, and provide breastfeeding support. These are scheduled at your convenience within three weeks of your baby's birth. The first visit, within the first few days, the following will be as needed.
This is a massage focused on the changes to the body during pregnancy. Including a belly massage to help alleviate tension to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the uterus, low back and pelvis. This also allows more oxygenated blood to the stretched and over worked tissues promoting cell vitality. This is a side lying massage with focus on optimal fetal positioning. I will incorporate the use of the rebozo if needed and leave you with tips to help maintain optimal fetal positioning. Having assistance processing these changes can help strengthen the mind body connection and further prepare you for the birth of your baby.
I appreciated the relaxing prenatal massage you gave me on Saturday 11/30 It was lovely and I think it is what helped get labor going. I went into labor naturally that evening at 11:30pm and delivered a handsome baby boy at 9:27am on 11/31.
Thank you again for fitting me in that day! It made all the difference.
"At birth, we experience nature, spirit, cosmos, and creation with all our being."
- Patrisia Gonzales
Author of Red Medicine
I was taught that a person goes through many ceremonial stages through out their lifetime,
each unique in it's own right.
At conception, the mom starts the bearer of life ceremony. Each individual has their own rituals
that are made up of common components like nutrition, the way you care for your changing body,
education on birth processes and procedures and creating community.
A doula is a guide through these life changing ceremonial stages of your life.