Sarah is currently taking some extended time off.
There are lots of great doulas in our area, one of my favorites is Sarah Osborne at doulatacoma.com
Doula is from a Greek word that means 'trusted servant'. A doula today offers professional labor assistance. Usually a woman, she acts as a knowledgeable support person to comfort, aid and encourage the laboring woman as she works through the birth of her child and emerges as a mother. Doulas are trained and experienced to support mothers and fathers in all settings; hospitals, birth centers and homes.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
Research shows parents who receive support can:
Doulas offer support through a variety of methods:
Whatever the hopes, dreams and expectations you have for your birth experience, a doula's role is to offer constant support throughout your birth, specifically suited to your physical and emotional needs.