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About Birth Doula

Doula comes from the greek word “Caregiver”. A Doula is a woman that serves women during their labour. She gives continuous emotional, physical & mental support to women and her partner during the birthing time. She is someone that provides non-medical support to women and their families during labour and childbirth, and also the postpartum period.

 

In the old times, women gave birth at their homes surrounded by the women in her community. This women where Doulas.  In modern days, this tradition has been lost.  But now, Doulas are coming back into the picture of Birthing.

 

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

 

Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications.

Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience.

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.

My belief about birth:

 

I believe that birth is not an illness or a condition, but an amazing, exciting event that is normal, natural and healthy.

Pregnancy, labour and birth have a profound effect on women and their families. It tis an experience that is never forgotten.

Women intuitively and instinctively know how to labour and give birth. Those caring and giving support to them, need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.

Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for her and by the environment she is in.

Women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions. If interventions become necessary, all information needed to support and understand the intervention, should be provided.

Women have the right to choose where and with whom they give birth.

Education empowers women to make informed choices in health care and to take responsibility of their own health and wellbeing.

Irene Sanchez Celis
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MY ROLE:

 

I offer continuous emotional, physical and informational support to you and your partner while in labour. I will provide reassurance, make suggestions as labour progresses and help with relaxation, massage, positions and other techniques for your comfort.   I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I’m working with you and your partner. And I will try my best to incorporate your caregiver and the hospital staff so that we all work as a team for you. My goal is for you to have the best birth experience possible with a positive outcome, so that you can look back and have joyful birth memories.   The majority of births I have been privileged to attend have been with couples. I like to reassure the partner that my role in no way takes away or replaces their role as the partner. Rather, my presence allows the partner to be involved to his/her own level of comfort and participation in this most amazing miracle that is the birth of your child.

 

Irene Sanchez Celis

 

As a doula I do not:

 

Perform any clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others, I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.

Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. About your care. I will honour your birth plan and will use that to assist you in making your decisions.

Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options but you or our partner will speak on our own behalf.