What makes an ND Doula?
Doula means “woman who serves”. Therefore, during our relationship I:
-assist women before, during, and after labour to help ensure a safe, satisfying, and positive birth experience.
-use knowledge and experience as a woman, mother, naturopathic doctor, and naturopathic doula to support the family on an emotional, physical, and informational level.
-provide the options of relaxation techniques, meditation, visualization, massage, positioning, herbs, acupressure, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, and homeopathy, when needed.
-communicate (as needed) with caregivers to ensure you have the information you require to make informed decisions.
-can provide suggestions for labor progression, comfort, and perspective to you and your partner (if present).
-work and advocate for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
-will remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan, discuss your concerns with you, and help you identify key questions to help with your decision-making.
In the doula role I do not:
-perform clinical tasks, make decisions for you, speak to staff on your behalf regarding decisions to be made.
-prescribe, diagnose, treat medical issues, or interpret diagnostic procedures.
–act as your primary caregiver (your midwife, OB or MD has that role).
Generally, my Labour & Delivery doula care includes:
~ 1-2 antepartum visits, One of these are usually at your home, One can be via phone/Skype if you choose
~ 2- 15min phone consults, if warranted
~ Labour & Delivery with naturopathic tools to support you
~ Back up doula coverage
~ 1 postpartum visit, which can be via phone if you choose
–Postpartum visits are scheduled within the 14 days following delivery
~ 2 wks of postpartum care before transferring to naturopathic care solely if you choose
Interview anyone you are considering inviting onto your birth team. OBs, Midwives, & your doula.
I offer complimentary 20min Tea & Chats for those looking for a doula. Find the relationship you can have confidence in for your birth experience.
Read more about the Ins & Outs of Naturopathic Doula Care with this article by Dr. Heath