What is a Doula?
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A doula is someone who provides education as well as physical and emotional support to expectant women and their partners during the prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum phase.
Who Needs a Doula?
Every woman that is giving birth needs a doula. Evidence based birth research shows the following:
Need for Cesarean birth decreased by 30%
Need for forceps for delivery decreased by 30%
Labor time decreased by 25%
Decreased need for epidural by 60%
Decrease in need for pain meds by 30%
Decrease in use of oxytocin by 40%
Doulas are significant in every atmosphere of birth:
This package includes two prenatal visits to discuss your birth wishes, design your individualized birth plan, and discuss pain-reducing techniques to be implemented during labor and birth. This package also includes attendance of your labor and delivery and one postpartum visit to discuss your birth experience and any challenges postpartum (1hr). We will also discuss your plans for returning to school/work postpartum.
This package mirrors the classic package with an additional prenatal visit (total 3). It includes either attendance to one (1) doctors appointment or one (1) childbirth education class and two postpartum visits (1hr each). We will construct a detailed and written plan for postpartum such as returning to work/school and plan a meal train to ensure that mom is accommodated nutritionally for at least one month postpartum.
This package mirrors the premium package with one additional prenatal visit (4 total) and two postpartum visits (1.5 hrs each). This package also includes a pamper-me-day for the birthing person (foot spa, mother blessing ceremony, and a meal between weeks 33-35), meal plan/prep for five meals based on the specifications of the birthing person.
From early childhood, I have had a love and fascination for pregnancy, birth, and
newborns. Initially, I desired to become an OB/GYN, but my plans were averted with life changes. However, my love for the mystery of conception, pregnancy, and birth continued to weigh heavily on my heart.
After finding out about the opportunity to become a doula and researching what they do and what they stood for, my dream was reignited, and I pursued training to become a doula, officially.
Ultimately, I desire to serve all women regardless of race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, through my business Gendoula. I am incredibly passionate about serving the African American community and bringing awareness to the care that African American women need and deserve during this special time in their lives. In addition, I encourage women to become stronger advocates and make more informed healthcare choices.
I am a professionally trained birth doula certified through ProDoula, a certified postpartum doula and placenta encapsulator through Women's Choice Perinatal,
and a National Black Doula Association member. I am CPR certified (adult and pediatric) through the American Red Cross. Certifications currently in process: Childbirth Education Instructor and Placenta Encapsulation Instructor. I am
married and have four children.