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Doula Monitrice

“A doula provides emotional support consisting of praise, reassurance, measures to improve the comfort of the mother, physical contact such as rubbing the mother's back and holding her hands, explanation of what is going on during the labor and delivery, and is a constant friendly presence.” - World Health Organization, Care and Normal Birth: A Practical Guide

The word ‘doula’ comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing (DONA International) and has come to mean “woman caregiver for another woman".

By the second trimester you may have already chosen a birth location and a primary care provider with whom you feel comfortable. This is where Jamin and La Shel can provide doula-monitrice services to help guide, support and nurture you through a drug free, natural labor and delivery in a hospital setting.

They’ll meet with you on an average of six visits prior to your due date to help plan for the birth and discuss questions you might have. Because of Jamin and La Shel’s unique and extensive medical backgrounds and experience, they can help you make wise decisions regarding medical interventions such as if and when to be induced, the use of pitocin, epidurals, etc…
They’ll help you create your birth plan which you will give to your doctor and the hospital staff on call on the day of your labor. They will be with you at home during labor (prior to going to the hospital). As they are midwives, they are able to monitor your vital signs, fetal heart tones and changes in your cervix. When you are ready to depart for the hospital, they will accompany you.
At the hospital they can help you cope with pain using a variety of natural techniques such as massage, acupressure, positioning, and the use of warm compresses and showers.

  • • They will be there to explain every new change during each step of the birthing process

  • • They will remain to provide postpartum care after the birth

  • • They will help you with breastfeeding techniques

  • • They will explain the many hospital tests your newborn faces

  • • They will provide a minimum of two in-home postpartum visits afterwards in order to check the

  •   progress with healing, breastfeeding and bonding

 

The benefits of doulas have been shown in fourteen controlled trials in several countries, and the results have been reported in highly respected publications such as, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Women reported more positive evaluations of the birth experience and felt more relaxed during labor when they received continuous and experienced woman-to-woman support.