Offering doula services and placenta medicine to Genesee, Lapeer, and Oakland Counties!
Nicole Lennox, LMT Birth & Postpartum Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in Goodrich, MI
What is a doula?
What is a birth doula? A birth doula offers prenatal appointments with the mother and partner to answer any questions they may have about pregnancy or the upcoming birth. She also attends the birth and supports the mother through her labor and delivery, including cesarean delivery, if necessary. Typically, one postpartum visit is included to ensure breastfeeding is going well, if mother chooses to breastfeed, and to ensure that everyone is settling in as a family well.
What is a postpartum doula? A postpartum doula offers support during the postpartum period, helping with establishing breastfeeding, minor cleaning, meal preparation, giving mother a break, tending to other children in the household, etc.
Who needs a doula? Every mother! While the partner is a good support, they are so involved with their feelings toward the mother and baby, they often have a hard time supporting mother the way she needs to be supported. That's not to say that a doula is there to take the partner's place - there is a place for the partner AND the doula to work together, along with the rest of the family, if they are present.
What can a doula do for you?
The doula stats are something to shout about. If an expectant mother has a doula, statistically she will have: -50% reduction in rate of c-section -25% shorter labor -60% reduction in epidural requests -40 % reduction in oxytocin use -30% reduction in analgesia use -40% reduction in forceps delivery