ABOUT MY DOULA
Carolyn Franz -Winters Birth Services
Doulas have been serving others in childbirth for centuries and have proven that support from another person has a positive impact on the labor process.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth that provides emotional, physical and educational support and suggests comfort measures to an individual in labor and their partner during the birthing process. The doula’s purpose is to help the birthing person have a safe and empowering birthing experience.
What does a doula do?
Doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, a relationship develops in which the birthing person is able to ask questions, express any fears and concerns and take an active role in the creation of the desired "birth plan."
Doulas do not provide any type of medical care but are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor.
During delivery, doulas are in continual and close proximity to the laboring person. Doulas have the ability to provide comfort with pain-relief methods including breathing techniques, relaxation skills, massage, and laboring positions. Doulas also offer reassurance and encouragement participation from your partner.
A doula acts as an advocate for the birthing person, encouraging and helping to fulfill specific desires for your birth. The goal of a doula is to help the birthing person to experience a positive and safe birth.
After the birth, many labor doulas will spend time helping the birthing person begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between the new baby and other family members.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. According to the Cochrane organization, The continuous Support for Women During Childbirth studies shows a very high number of positive delivery and birth outcomes when a doula is present. With the support of a doula, birthing individuals are less likely to have a need for pain-relief medications to be administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Individuals often report having a more positive childbirth experience. (please check out the "Reference Material/FAQ" tab for more information)
Limits of Practice
A DONA trained doula does not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, fetal heart tone checks, vaginal examinations or postpartum clinical care. The DONA trained doula will not diagnose or treat in any modality.