Naturopathic Doula Services

By: Natural Choice Medical Clinic  01-12-2014
Keywords: alternative medicine, natural medicine, Naturopathic Medicine

The word ‘doula’ is from the ancient Greek and literally means, “a woman who serves”. In present day, this sentiment remains true: a doula is a trained, experienced birth professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and educational support to a mother before, during, and after a birth. Studies show that when doulas attend birth, labours are shorter, have fewer complications, babies are healthier and latch to the breast more easily. Doulas understand that birth impacts the mother and child well beyond what we even measure. It is a key experience during a woman’s lifetime. As such, it is an incredibly emotional time for a mother and her partner. The doula’s role is to nurture and protect a mother’s birth experience, and to ensure, as much as possible, that it meets the desired birthplan. There are 2 types of doulas: birth/labour and post-partum. Birth doulas are trained in the physiology of birth, and can help facilitate communication with healthcare providers. They are NOT midwives, as the doula’s role is purely emotional, physical and educational rather than clinical or medical. From a pre-birth meeting to a continuous presence during labour, the birth doula physically and emotionally supports a birthing mother and her partner. A post- partum doula assists in the “fourth” trimester with non-judgmental support, education and companionship. Her assistance is both emotional and practical as the family adjusts to the newborn baby. She can help with light housecleaning, childcare, and provide referrals if necessary. Doulas bear witness to your birth experience, and early parenting days. We offer love, compassion, a non-judgmental ‘ear’, and have YOUR experience foremost in our minds. What we receive in return is the honour of having witnessed a truly sacred rite of passage in a fellow woman’s life! Here at Natural Choice Medical Clinic, Harmonie Eleveld, is Naturopathic Doctor and doula and will incorporate her knowledge and experience as a Naturopathic Doctor, doula and woman to provide emotional support, physical comfort and communication with other caregivers to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labour. She can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner (if present), make suggestions for labour progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. In addition she can provide acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy and herbs to help when needed.

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