Saturday, June 9, 2012

Omaha Doulas Association

I am now an official member of the Omaha Doulas Association - an awesome group of doulas in the area.  If you are looking for a doula, check out the website for a list of other area doulas. If you are a doula, come join us!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

We've Moved to Omaha!

Well, actually, we moved to Omaha in June 2011, but with all of the craziness of moving and settling in, I have finally gotten back to updating this website!

When I first moved here I just "happened" to go to the midwife nearest me for a postpartum followup, and she happened to be opening the first freestanding Birth Center in the state of Nebraska, only 2 miles from my home!

While my online presence has been somewhat neglected for the last year, I have been able to attend a birth and the local Omaha Doula's Association, and it has been fun to check out the local birthing community here.

 I am currently welcoming clients who are birthing at either The Midwife's Place or Bellevue Medical Center. Due to transportation constraints, I cannot accept clients who are not birthing at one of those two places.

 For updates and links to interesting birth-related articles, check out my Facebook page!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Little About Doulas....

“Wait, are you a midwife?”

“So what do you actually do?”

“Why would someone need you if they have their baby in the hospital?”

"What about the doctors and nurses?"

A doula is responsible solely for the emotional and physical support of the mother and her partner during labor, so that the medical professionals can attend to their responsibilities of ensuring the health of her and her baby*. Doulas make suggestions for physical comfort during labor, provide informed emotional support and physical relief of partner during labor, as well as constant companionship during labor. Because the doula’s primary responsibility is to her clients*, she can attend exclusively to the mother’s preferences and wishes in a given situation. Having prior knowledge of a woman’s preferences can directly complement the clinical responsibilities of medical care providers, to create the best possible experience for the mother and her baby.

"The doula's goal is to help the woman have a safe and satisfying childbirth as the woman defines it."*

* Many more details can be found at the DONA International website,
in their paper, "The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care"