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Blessed


Blessed

Doula and Birth Services for one of the most blessed moments of your life.

 

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Blessed


Blessed

Doula and Birth Services for one of the most blessed moments of your life.

 

Service Area


 

 

Serving Mason, Thurston, Pierce, South King, and South Sound counties to include areas within 80 miles of Shelton.

Olympia, JBLM, shelton, Montesano, Yelm, Centrailia, Chehalis, Bremerton and others.

 

Service Area


 

 

Serving Mason, Thurston, Pierce, South King, and South Sound counties to include areas within 80 miles of Shelton.

Olympia, JBLM, shelton, Montesano, Yelm, Centrailia, Chehalis, Bremerton and others.

 

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DoulasMatter


Why A Doula Matters

DoulasMatter


Why A Doula Matters

Matters Text


Some people know there is more. They want something more. They want to invest and experience more.  These are the ones that plan, invest time, energy and money. They weigh their
options carefully and mindfully. They invest in a Mentor.

This mentor knows the course, she knows the terrain.  She knows at what point it is going to get difficult and she has tricks, tips and advice to make it easier to endure. This mentor knows where the easier parts are and will show you how to rest and relax and prepare for the next hard part. She knows where you are most likely to be emotionally, physically and spiritually at each mile marker and how to support and
encourage you.  She is by your side through the entire process.  At the end, she knows....  She knows where you have been and what you have done.  She knows what you sacrificed and also knows that it was all worth it.   She understands because she has been there also. This mentor knew that you could do it from the very start. When all is said and done she stands as a
witness to this event and to your power.

 

She is your doula and this is your birth.

 

women who received continuous support were less likely than women who did not, to:

have regional analgesia

have any analgesia/anesthesia

give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps

give birth by cesarean

have a baby with a low 5-minute Apgar score

report dissatisfaction or a negative rating of their
experience.


Women receiving continuous support were more likely than those who did not, to:

give birth spontaneously

(that is, with neither cesarean nor vacuum extraction nor
forceps)

have a shorter labor. 

 

A birth doula is “a supportive companion professionally trained to provide physical and emotional support during labor and birth…She provides continuous support, beginning during early or active labor, through birth, and for approximately two hours following the birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement,
positioning, and massage. She also assists families with
gathering information about the course of labor and their
options. Her most critical role is providing continuous
emotional reassurance and comfort.”

 

 

 

Statistics from Continuous support for women during childbirth (Review)

Matters Text


Some people know there is more. They want something more. They want to invest and experience more.  These are the ones that plan, invest time, energy and money. They weigh their
options carefully and mindfully. They invest in a Mentor.

This mentor knows the course, she knows the terrain.  She knows at what point it is going to get difficult and she has tricks, tips and advice to make it easier to endure. This mentor knows where the easier parts are and will show you how to rest and relax and prepare for the next hard part. She knows where you are most likely to be emotionally, physically and spiritually at each mile marker and how to support and
encourage you.  She is by your side through the entire process.  At the end, she knows....  She knows where you have been and what you have done.  She knows what you sacrificed and also knows that it was all worth it.   She understands because she has been there also. This mentor knew that you could do it from the very start. When all is said and done she stands as a
witness to this event and to your power.

 

She is your doula and this is your birth.

 

women who received continuous support were less likely than women who did not, to:

have regional analgesia

have any analgesia/anesthesia

give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps

give birth by cesarean

have a baby with a low 5-minute Apgar score

report dissatisfaction or a negative rating of their
experience.


Women receiving continuous support were more likely than those who did not, to:

give birth spontaneously

(that is, with neither cesarean nor vacuum extraction nor
forceps)

have a shorter labor. 

 

A birth doula is “a supportive companion professionally trained to provide physical and emotional support during labor and birth…She provides continuous support, beginning during early or active labor, through birth, and for approximately two hours following the birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement,
positioning, and massage. She also assists families with
gathering information about the course of labor and their
options. Her most critical role is providing continuous
emotional reassurance and comfort.”

 

 

 

Statistics from Continuous support for women during childbirth (Review)

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BirthPartner


But do I still need a Doula if...

BirthPartner


But do I still need a Doula if...

PartnerText


My Spouse/Mother/friend is going to be there?

As a doula I do not over step those people whom you choose to have participate at your birth, rather, I enhance their ability to support you. During your prenatal appointment I will meet your spouse or support person and discover their comfort level with
participation at your birth, then I fill in the gaps. In the case of a support person who wants to be very hands on, my duty will be to provide them with information about the stages of birth and what may occur at each, medically, physically and emotionally. I will assist with answering their questions about the birth process and in encouraging them to advocate with you to medical professionals in regards to your wishes. I will show them how they can support you with positioning and
coping techniques.  I will also serve as the runner, bringing water or things that may have been forgotten in the car, a meal for dad, or assisting the mother while he takes a much needed rest. For a support person that wants to be present but is not comfortable being hands-on,  I will strive to include them in your support as their comfort level allows, while
ensuring that I fill in the gaps with whatever support the mother may be in need of. 

 

I love my care provider and trust them to take care of me?

A care provider that you love and trust is worth their weight in gold!  With that being said, for a hospital birth, your provider and nursing staff will not be with you for the
majority of your labor.  The other patients, paperwork, breaks and shift changes do not allow them the time to support you on a thorough basis. The doctor may check in on you a few times depending on the length of your labor, or they may
arrive just for the birth. Depending on the days your Dr. or midwife is on call, they may not be the ones attending your birth. As your doula, I will be a familiar and consistent person who is aware of your preferences and needs. I am with you as soon as you need me, through labor and delivery and for as long as you need me after the birth. I have no commitments other than that to the mother. This affords me the luxury of ensuring that all of your needs (physically, mentally and
emotionally) are met. If you desire to labor at home for a
period of time, I will meet you at your home and assist you in laboring there for as long as you wish.

 

I am not having a natural birth?

Aren't doulas just for women who are having an unmedicated birth?   A doula is beneficial for all births.  I understand that all women are different and that women have different desires for how they wish to birth and I respect their decisions no matter what they are. The important thing is that the mother has the support needed to birth in the manner she desires.

For mothers who choose to have medicated births I will serve as a constant support presence. I will help them labor without medication for as long as they desire. You will receive NO JUDGEMENT from me. After medication is delivered I can assist with laboring positions and comfort measures should break through pain occur. I will provide continual emotional and physical support. If complications occur, I can assist you in figuring out what questions to ask, so that you have the
information needed to make the best decision for you and your baby. 

Doulas are also a helpful presence for a caesarean birth.  I will join you at the hospital upon admittance, help you to ask the questions you need for more information and assist you and support persons in being comfortable. I will take care of the little details so that you and your support person are free to enjoy and be present in this moment. If I am allowed in the OR I can take pictures so that your support person can be with you. After delivery I can help facilitate skin to skin and according to your wishes I can stay with you so your partner can accompany the baby or vice versa...

 

I have a special circumstance?

I am honored to offer bereavement doula services (miscarriage, stillborn,expectant infant loss) and services to teens and
relinquishing mothers free of charge

Unfortunately, not every pregnancy results in a healthy baby. Some mothers know before labor begins that theirs will not be the typical birth story.

Their baby may require special care, or may have passed away.  In these situations a Doula can be a saving grace.

Often, the atmosphere surrounding these births are highly medicalized and can be intimidating and confusing.  Doctors and health professionals will most likely be busy with the medical needs of the child. Family and friends may not be able to, or may not know how to support the mother, as they are working on processing through their own emotions.  As your Doula, the mother is my sole interest. I serve to insure that her needs are met and to see that she has a safe,
non-judgemental place in which she can feel supported.

Some mothers have made a decision that once born they will be relinquishing the baby.  Going through labor and birth is a
difficult process and compounded with this difficult decision, moms often find themselves extremely vulnerable and in need of additional support. I sincerely hope that my support will
alleviate some of the stress, burden and fear that they may
experience.

PartnerText


My Spouse/Mother/friend is going to be there?

As a doula I do not over step those people whom you choose to have participate at your birth, rather, I enhance their ability to support you. During your prenatal appointment I will meet your spouse or support person and discover their comfort level with
participation at your birth, then I fill in the gaps. In the case of a support person who wants to be very hands on, my duty will be to provide them with information about the stages of birth and what may occur at each, medically, physically and emotionally. I will assist with answering their questions about the birth process and in encouraging them to advocate with you to medical professionals in regards to your wishes. I will show them how they can support you with positioning and
coping techniques.  I will also serve as the runner, bringing water or things that may have been forgotten in the car, a meal for dad, or assisting the mother while he takes a much needed rest. For a support person that wants to be present but is not comfortable being hands-on,  I will strive to include them in your support as their comfort level allows, while
ensuring that I fill in the gaps with whatever support the mother may be in need of. 

 

I love my care provider and trust them to take care of me?

A care provider that you love and trust is worth their weight in gold!  With that being said, for a hospital birth, your provider and nursing staff will not be with you for the
majority of your labor.  The other patients, paperwork, breaks and shift changes do not allow them the time to support you on a thorough basis. The doctor may check in on you a few times depending on the length of your labor, or they may
arrive just for the birth. Depending on the days your Dr. or midwife is on call, they may not be the ones attending your birth. As your doula, I will be a familiar and consistent person who is aware of your preferences and needs. I am with you as soon as you need me, through labor and delivery and for as long as you need me after the birth. I have no commitments other than that to the mother. This affords me the luxury of ensuring that all of your needs (physically, mentally and
emotionally) are met. If you desire to labor at home for a
period of time, I will meet you at your home and assist you in laboring there for as long as you wish.

 

I am not having a natural birth?

Aren't doulas just for women who are having an unmedicated birth?   A doula is beneficial for all births.  I understand that all women are different and that women have different desires for how they wish to birth and I respect their decisions no matter what they are. The important thing is that the mother has the support needed to birth in the manner she desires.

For mothers who choose to have medicated births I will serve as a constant support presence. I will help them labor without medication for as long as they desire. You will receive NO JUDGEMENT from me. After medication is delivered I can assist with laboring positions and comfort measures should break through pain occur. I will provide continual emotional and physical support. If complications occur, I can assist you in figuring out what questions to ask, so that you have the
information needed to make the best decision for you and your baby. 

Doulas are also a helpful presence for a caesarean birth.  I will join you at the hospital upon admittance, help you to ask the questions you need for more information and assist you and support persons in being comfortable. I will take care of the little details so that you and your support person are free to enjoy and be present in this moment. If I am allowed in the OR I can take pictures so that your support person can be with you. After delivery I can help facilitate skin to skin and according to your wishes I can stay with you so your partner can accompany the baby or vice versa...

 

I have a special circumstance?

I am honored to offer bereavement doula services (miscarriage, stillborn,expectant infant loss) and services to teens and
relinquishing mothers free of charge

Unfortunately, not every pregnancy results in a healthy baby. Some mothers know before labor begins that theirs will not be the typical birth story.

Their baby may require special care, or may have passed away.  In these situations a Doula can be a saving grace.

Often, the atmosphere surrounding these births are highly medicalized and can be intimidating and confusing.  Doctors and health professionals will most likely be busy with the medical needs of the child. Family and friends may not be able to, or may not know how to support the mother, as they are working on processing through their own emotions.  As your Doula, the mother is my sole interest. I serve to insure that her needs are met and to see that she has a safe,
non-judgemental place in which she can feel supported.

Some mothers have made a decision that once born they will be relinquishing the baby.  Going through labor and birth is a
difficult process and compounded with this difficult decision, moms often find themselves extremely vulnerable and in need of additional support. I sincerely hope that my support will
alleviate some of the stress, burden and fear that they may
experience.