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LADIES is a professional doula organization. It is our goal to provide support for those in the doula profession, act as a network in our community for professionals and consumers, help one another develop our professional skills.
We at LADIES believe that childbirth is a normal process. We provide emotional, physical and educational support to women and their families during childbirth and postpartum. As professional doulas, we provide continuity of care for mothers during labor, birth and into postpartum. We believe that knowledge is key for families to have the birth experience they deserve and our commitment is to educate and provide resources so mothers have tools to make informed decisions. We believe confidentiality between client and doula is very important and honor this in all situations.
The Road to Awareness
“The word, "Doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to a woman experienced in childbirth, who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.”
Mothering the Mother -(Klaus, Kennell & Klaus)
Doulas and Mothers
A doula is trained to support the mother’s natural ability to give birth, and in many ways “mothers” the mother. Doulas are traditionally women that offer support to create an environment that is the most comfortable and stress-free as possible to allow a woman to totally focus on her job of laboring. She is a labor companion from the beginning of labor until after the baby is born and the mother is recovered from delivery. A doula is a neutral, but caring individual that a mother can turn to for support during the vulnerability of birth. Doulas can assist the mother with numerous methods to manage the pain of labor, ensure that the mother understands all medical terminology and options, and advocate for the choices she desires for her birth. A doula returns the tradition of women helping women in childbirth.
Doulas and Fathers
Current medical practice has put fathers in the positions of being the main labor support for women in birth, but fathers are not always prepared for such intense support. Fathers are often inexperienced in labor and may not understand all medical practices and what is normal during labor.
They are also involved emotionally, sometimes making it difficult to be and do all that a laboring mother may need. Doulas bridge the gap for fathers, allowing them to take on as much or as little involvement that meets their individual comfort level. This then frees the father to be the best emotional support for his partner and to enjoy the thrill of becoming a father!
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