A Doula will walk alongside you and provide one-on-one educational, physical, and emotional support to both the birthing person and their partner.
WHAT IS A DOULA
A doula is a companion and support person who works with both the birthing person and partner during labor, childbirth, and during the postpartum period. According to your wishes, Alyssa can work alongside you as a birth doula and/or postpartum doula. Given that you may see multiple healthcare providers for your prenatal care, Alyssa prides herself on continuity of care and will walk alongside you and provide one-on-one educational, physical, and emotional support to both the birthing person and their partner. Not only is she able to assist the birthing person, but the birthing partner as well who may not have ever experienced a birth before or would like to be able to get a quick bite to eat, take a shower, or get some rest while you are laboring! Alyssa’s role and agenda solely relies on the birthing person’s agenda, which will be discussed during your first prenatal appointment.
- Assistance with providing literature to each client so that they can determine their birthing preferences
- Referrals to knowledgeable, highly experienced, and compassionate medical providers and support - hospitals, clinics, private practices, and non-profit organizations
- Fertility support
- Lactation preparation
- Coaching tips for expecting parents
- Accompaniment to prenatal appointments if desired
- Pregnancy and/or birth photography
- Medical Insurance Advocacy (Alyssa has an extensive background in medical billing)
- Birth story debriefing
One of Alyssa’s primary goals is to care for the emotional health of the birthing person and to enhance your ability to have a positive birth experience. When seeking a doula, selecting someone who is a good listener whom you can talk to about anything, as many times as you need to in confidence, is essential.
Helping the birthing person and partner during times of self-doubt and/or fear
Time-out for self-care for the birthing person
Debriefing after the birth
Noncritical support and advice
Praise and encouragement
Respect for your emotions
An open space for solitude and reflection
According to the The Journal of Perinatal Education, “women who use upright positions and are mobile during labor have shorter labors, receive less intervention, report less severe pain, and describe more satisfaction with their childbirth experience than women in recumbent positions.” Alyssa can help the laboring person to get into various laboring positions to encourage all of the above. Why is physical support important? It simply allows the birthing person to maintain a sense of control, can aid in comfort, and can promote confidence. Besides positioning support, Alyssa can help provide comfort by utilizing rebozo techniques, massage, applying counter pressure, making the environment more calm, assisting with hydrotherapy, acupressure, and is able to provide clients with a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Unit if desired.