Welcome, and congratulations on your pregnancy!

The right support surrounding your childbirth will further inform your innate wisdom and help you have the best possible start into parenthood (whether or not this is your first birth experience).

What is a Doula?

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“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”-John H. Kennell, MD

The word doula is the Greek word for, “one who serves.” A doula provides professional, caring, and objective childbirth support, catering to the mother’s specific needs and goals. The benefits of having a doula are well researched and compelling.  The following shows favorable outcomes for women supported by a doula in comparison to women not supported by a doula:

During Labor:

  • Better obstetrical outcomes (fewer cesarean, forceps, and vacuum extractions) **
  • More vaginal deliveries**
  • Less need for pain medication**
  • Shorter labor time**
  • Shorter infant hospital stay*
(** highly significant finding, *significant finding)
Kennel, J.H., Klaus, M., McGrath, S.K. et al. Continuous emotional support during labor in a U.S. hospital. JAMA, 265:2197-2201, 1991

After labor:

  • Better breastfeeding success **
  • Better confidence and mothering self-esteem**
  • Better maternal response to baby**
  • Less maternal anxiety**
  • Better relationship with partner**
  • Better maternal perception of baby (baby is easy to manage, beautiful, clever, special, etc.)**
  • Healthier infant (less sneezing, runny nose, vomiting and better appetite)**
(**highly significant finding)
Wolman, W.L. Social support during childbirth, psychological and physiological outcomes. Master’s thesis, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1991

Klause, M. H., Kennel, J.H., Klaus, P. H., 1993, The Doula Book, Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press

About the Placenta

The placenta is the organ formed in the lining of the uterus that supports your baby’s life in the belly. Consuming your placenta is a wonderful and natural way to support yourself postpartum.  Your placenta is packed with powerful hormones and nutrients that are perfectly designed for your postpartum body, mind and soul including but not limited to:

  • Stem cells for growth and regeneration
  • Iron for optimal oxygen absorption
  • Vitamins B6 for optimal antibody production
  • Vitamin E for repairing skin cell damage
  • Oxytocin hormone (the love hormone) promotes bonding and happiness, helps the uterus return to its pre-baby size, and is essential for breastfeeding
  • Corticotropin-releasing hormone for stress reduction
  • Cytokines for healing and replacing tissue and cell damage

Anecdotal evidence indicates the beneficial effects of the placenta include:

  • Increased milk production
  • Pain relief
  • Faster healing
  • Improved iron levels
  • Boosted energy and spirits
  • Leveling of mother’s hormonal adjustments
  • Improved sleep

Please contact me to chat about your personal childbirth goals.  May you have a happy, healthy and empowering childbirth!

Kind regards,
Lindsay Levesque,  mama and doula CD(DONA)