What is a Doula?

Do you want to know what it feels like to have one of the most beautiful jobs in the world?

Well, if that's the case, I would be happy to meet you and tell you all about it, as there wouldn’t be enough room on this website to explain.

If I look back into my childhood memories, I’ve always seen pregnant women as goddesses. It was mysterious, even mystical, that from one body a new being could be born. I remember staring at a mom breastfeeding her baby and immediately feeling a sense of peace and relaxation in my whole body.

As a woman and a Doula, I know that a good pregnancy, childbirth experience and postpartum (even if it doesn’t turn as planned) it is one of the most beautiful gifts that a mother, father and baby can experience.

Doulas have existed since ancient times. Nowadays the importance of having a doula present has been acknowledged and, as a consequence of social petition, demanded by women and their families who have the urge to be attended and supported differently during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period.

The current Health system is based on time, productivity and institutional protocols that are designed to facilitate health professionals’ important duties. Unfortunately, the emotional and intimate side of giving birth strongly linked to these stages remains unattended by mechanical and routine practices of hospital protocols.

As a Doula, I have no medical responsibility and, by no means replace the important role of midwives, obstetricians or nurses. I’m just here to support emotionally, bringing more peace, empathy and warmth to these significant life moments in each family, with the aim to strengthen the bond between mother-father-baby, so that this new period will be as relaxed, positive and loving as possible.

Benefits of a Doula care continuous support:

According to the study “A Doula Makes the Difference” by Nugent, published by the Mothering Magazine, March-April 1998)”, a continuous support from a doula

care can:

  • Decrease medical intervention in labor

  • Reduce need for cesarean by 50%

  • Reduce length of labor by 25%

  • Reduce use of artificial oxytocin (pitocin) by 40%

  • Reduce pain medication use by 30%

  • Reduce the need for forceps by 40%

  • Reduce epidural requests by 60%

 

Six weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas were:

 

  • Less anxious and depressed

  • Had more confidence with baby

  • More satisfied w/ partner (71% vs 30%)

  • More likely to be breastfeeding (52% vs. 29%)

My services as a Doula:

 

Depending on each family needs, I can offer support during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.

During pregnancy, I can be there to:

  • Provide a positive and relaxing support where your needs, wishes, worries and expectations are listened and cared for.

  • Help you to find the best options while you and your partner explore your birth choices by making informed decisions.

  • Create a safe space for you and your partner so  you can trust your instincts, body and longings in your motherhood journey, as well as offer a space to connect with your baby through breathing, meditation and other dynamics.

  • Encourage the couple to meet their needs and bring an intimate space for each one to strengthen the relationship and bonding. 

  • Offer English-Spanish/ Spanish-English translations if needed.

  • Accompany you  to your tests and scans whenever I am available.

  • If you would like to go a little deeper, I offer a very loving and gentle support (for mum and dad individually) where you can explore your own birth memories and any possible emotional pattern that it may be affecting the way you experience your pregnancy (see the Conscious Breathing link).

  • Be on call 24/7 from week 37 until your baby is born.

During labor and birth:

  • Do all I can to ensure you and your partner’s privacy and that your wishes are respected whether at the hospital or homebirth.

  • Meeting you at your home or at the hospital once labour has started and you have the need to see me.

  • Help you to relax, feel like a queen and rest as much as possible.

  • Encourage your partner to support you and give him support too.

  • Stay with you until your baby is born and the first feed has established.

During postnatal care:

  • Enhance the bond between the mother and the baby, as well as the triad mother-father-baby, helping to create a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere at home.

  • Listen to your needs, your birth story, enjoy the beauty and magical energy of your baby.

  • Do some light housekeeping, hold your baby while you are having a bath or just give you some time to rest or connect a bit with yourself if you need.

  • Promote a natural and speedy recovery both physically and emotionally.

If you would like to receive further information about pregnancy, birth and postnatal  packages please, do not hesitate to contact me. It would be a pleasure to be alongside you during this magical and powerful time of your lives.

    Copyright Lourdes Lorente © 2016

    Diseño: www.florencemarthe.com

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