The word "doula" originated in ancient Greece, referring to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)
A doula understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor, she assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out the plans for their birth. She stays at the laboring woman’s side throughout the process of birth and immediately afterwards. Doulas are also referred to as labor or birth and postpartum assistants. Their acceptance in maternity care is growing with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physiological outcome and emotional wellbeing of mothers and infants. Studies have shown that women in labor aided by a doula had consistently shorter labors, used less pain relief medication, had fewer forceps, and cesarean deliveries. The assistance of the doula does not interfere with the father’s role during birth and does not replace him. Fathers also need support, reassurance and guidance during this time. The presence of the doula takes off some pressure, so that fathers can be more focused on their partner and their birth experience. Doulas do not administer medication or give maternal and fetal assessments.
Sound Doula Support offers parents, who have participated in the Childbirth Assisted Music Therapy program, an opportunity to continue receiving the support of the birthing music they have chosen into the delivery setting of their choice. It is a natural transition that relieves fathers from the responsibility of being monitors for music, as well as being a labor partner and coach.
For those who did not participate in the program we provide a unique opportunity to incorporate some of the ideas we offer into their birth plan and birthing experience. Sound Doula Support incorporates music and sound into the comforting techniques that are unique to the doula training.
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