Doula Services - Gentle Kare Birth Support
Doula, birth, labour
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This meeting does not obligate you to use my services. We can meet in public or I can come to your home. We meet to see if my services are right for you. This visit gives us a chance to discuss your questions and concerns and it can take place at any time during your pregnancy. You may take all the time you need to decide. I will wait for you to contact me.
Once I have been hired, we will plan our prenatal visits in the weeks before your due date. During our first visit, we will discuss, in length, your wishes and expectations regarding labour and delivery and how we will best work together. We will discuss your preferences regarding pain relief, and choices in techniques in relaxation, breathing and visualization, and positions for labour. We will also use this time to focus on and prepare for the postnatal period. At this time, the contract will be signed.
During our second visit, we will share hands-on preparation for labour and delivery, and this visit will take place in the comfort of your home. I will show you tools used for natural comfort measures. We will actually practice various positions for labour, rehearse relaxation techniques and breathing, which help reduce pain and allow you to work through the contractions. Birth partners are shown how they can be as involved as they wish, so that the birth experience is positive for both of you.
Continuous support during labour and delivery.
I will assist your partner in giving you the unique emotional and physical care that you need. This includes encouragement, reassurance, massage, suggestions for labour progress. It is most likely that you will go through a full circle of emotions during your childbirth experience. My role as your doula is to help you cope with all the fears and anxieties you and your partner may have. I can help you remain calm, relaxed and comfortable until labour is well established. This is a quiet and calm presence and reassurance. A doula also knows when to stay in the background to allow privacy when you are doing well. Comfort measures may also include physical ones, an extra practical hand, and professional information at all times, as hospital staff are often unable to attend to your every need.
Postnatal visit done in the comfort of your home.
I will be on call for you, and then meet again in your home in the next few weeks to briefly review your birthing experience and my role as your doula. At this time, I can assist you further with breast-feeding, and with any other questions you may have.
A birth story.
A brief account of your labour and special delivery!
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CAPPA Certified Labour Doula © 2007 Gentle Kare Birth Support