Role of a Doula and benefits:
A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, & informational support during labor, birth & early postpartum. In six clinical trials Drs. Klause & Kennell showed that the presence of a doula did the following: shortened first-time labor by an average of 2 hours, decreased the need for pain medication, decreased the chance of cesarean by 50%, helped birth partners participate with more confidence and increased the chance of successful breastfeeding!
As a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula in Buffalo and Western New York I have provided support to women and their families for almost 15 years. Some of my additional certifications and trainings include Certified Hypnobabies ® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, Acupressure for Pregnancy & Labor, Rebozo certified, and Dancing For Birth Instructor. Visit Doula Match for a complete listing. I adhere to the DONA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. In addition, I am able to offer a wide range of services through WNY Doulas, a collaboration of WNY's most experienced birth professionals.
How can Niagara Doula help YOU? During our prenatal meetings you will create a birth and postpartum plan, learn and practice various positions of comfort and much more! When early labor actually begins I am available to support you in early labor at home with acupressure and other physical comfort measures. I will remain with you & your birth partner during your active labor, birth and early postpartum.