~ helping you achieve the experience you desire
As doulas we do not ascribe to one particular birthing philosophy.
We do not believe there is one right or best way to give birth.
We do, however hold certain beliefs about birth;
We believe that how a women births is greatly impacted on how she lives.
It would not be reasonable to expect that a women would be able to labour and birth in a way that is foreign to her experience and personality, desires and beliefs.
We believe that every woman and her partner will have needs that are unique and personal, and should be respected. The goal, is not to attempt to learn and follow a certain “way” but to engage in a process of self-exploration.
We believe that childbirth is a Rite of Passage and deserves to be honoured and held as a life changing experience for a woman and her partner, involving and affecting the whole self, mind, body and spirit.
We believe in the value of women in service of other women.
Our Guiding Principles
The birth process is an extraordinary experience which deeply impacts women their partner and their families and will be remembered as one of the most significant spiritual, emotional and physical events in their lives.
Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).
Labour and birth are natural, normal occurrences and believe that women and their bodies instinctively and intuitively know how to bring their babies into the world.
The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery. A doula can assist the parents’ through a discovery process, she is not the expert from whom wisdom flows.
Encourage women to birth-in-awareness, not to achieve a specific birth outcome.
Pregnancy and birth outcome can be influenced by a variety of factors, and can’t be controlled by planning.
Women and their partners deserve support for any birth option which might be right for them (whether it be medication or no medication, technology or no technology, home birth or hospital birth, breast or bottle-feeding).
Pain coping techniques when integrated into daily life work better than when brought out and used only during labour.
Partners are best offering support as birth guardians or loving partners, not as coaches: they also need support.
Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a time of continuous learning and adjustment; support and education should be available throughout that period.
We also believe in normal birth and uphold the six care practices
set forth by Lamaze International.
Six Care Practices
Lamaze International believes that caregivers should respect the physiologic process of birth and not intervene without compelling medical indication. These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote, protect, and support normal birth:
Labour begins on its own
Freedom of movement throughout labour
Continuous labour support
No routine interventions
Nonsupine (e.g., upright or side-lying) positions for birth
No separation of mother and baby after birth.
We respectfully provide non-medical guidance, and honour the decisions made by the women who place their trust in us.
Labour can be short, long, easy, hard, early or late...the variations are infinite and we do not write the script.
And, while you can't predict your labour, you can stack the deck in your favour of having a satisfying experience:
Remain open to all possibilities of how labour might unfold;
Prepare your body and mind for the hard work of becoming a parent;
Gather close around you those who love you most; and ...
Always have continuous support!
- K.P James
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