Doula: An ancient Greek word meaning “handmaid.” This term has come to represent a compassionate, experienced woman who provides physical, emotional, educational and practical support to another woman and her family during all the events surrounding childbirth.
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Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh has been providing DONA certified, supportive birth doulas to women and their partners in hospitals, birth centers and at home since 1994. We understand that birth is a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life and we strive to support and nurture the birthing family.
During pregnancy, We get to know you throughout our prenatal visits and learn about your concerns and desires for your birth. We help you create a birth plan and provide reassurance and information throughout your pregnancy.
During labor, the mother is supported with continuous care. Unlike regular hospital staff, there are no shift changes. We understand that labor is an emotional, physical and spiritual event. We will help you with pain relieveing measures such as relaxation, massage, positioning, breathing patterns, use of a birthing ball, water therapy and many other comfort techniques to work positively with your contractions.
We are also able to provide informational support, answering questions about the labor process and hospital procedures, as well as being your advocate to hospital staff while providing an objective viewpoint for you and your partner. We are also happy to take any pictures for you using your camera, or a disposable.
Immediately after birth we stay with you through all postpartum procedures and help with breastfeeding assistance, information and support. During the first few days postpartum the doula stays in touch by phone to provide support and answer questions. Several weeks after the birth we schedule a post partum visit where you will receive your birth story and photos, if you chose to have them taken. We are happy to provide suggestions for making those first few weeks as successful as possible and look forward to discussing your feelings about the birth and encourage a confident peaceful passage into motherhood.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience