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Birth Doula Services: Your Companion for the Journey

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers [parents] strong, competent, capable mothers [parents] who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

- Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD

What is a Birth Doula?

A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a birthing parent before, during and shortly after childbirth. The role of a birth doula is to enhance the birthing experience, advocate for the birthing families wishes, and assist in creating a peaceful and empowering environment for the entire family.

The DoudouKare Difference

It is our collective mission as your birth and labor doula team to offer education, resources, and steadfast support, creating a space and vision for the birth experience you desire. We are here to guide you through your options, unveil the mysteries of labor and birth that modern culture often keeps hidden, and equip you with the tools necessary for empowered and informed decision-making for your utmost well-being.

We stand firmly for reproductive justice, advocating that the environment you choose for childbirth is the ideal setting for you and your baby. Our services welcome all birthing individuals and celebrate all types of families.

 

A positive birth experience isn't defined by perfection but by feeling enveloped in love and support, ensuring your voice is heard and valued. Our birth doula services are built on a foundation of compassion. By attentively listening and responding to your needs, we offer physical and emotional support that stems from a place of deep, intuitive understanding.

Our Approach

  1. Book Your Discovery Call: Begin your journey by scheduling a Discovery Call with Adwapa, our owner and chief care coordinator. This is your opportunity to dive deep into your medical history, discuss your birth plan and needs, and share about yourself and your partner. During this call, Adwapa will learn about your vision, values, and goals for your pregnancy and labor. Your insights will assist Adwapa in pairing you with the perfect care officer (Doula) tailored to your needs. This call is also a chance for you to ask any questions and ensure we're the right fit for you.

  2. Doula Matching Form: After our call, you'll be asked to fill out a Doula Matching Form. This is where you'll detail your expectations and requirements for your doula. Based on your responses, Adwapa will carefully match you with a doula who meets your specific needs. We're confident in our ability to connect you with the right care officer who will support you throughout your journey.

  3. Our Journey Begins: Congratulations, you now have not one, but two doulas supporting you—your personalized care officer plus Adwapa! You'll receive materials and resources curated to your unique needs. Adwapa will be available for support through text and email, ensuring you never feel alone. Together, as a team, we'll address each milestone, ensuring you're prepared for every doctor’s appointment. Whether it's strategizing for better sleep, finding a chiropractor for sciatica pain, or discussing induction plans, we're here every step of the way.

  4. Continued Support: Our dedication extends beyond the hospital with 1-2 in-home postpartum visits for emotional and mental health support. Benefit from ongoing communication up to 6 weeks postpartum via text, phone, and email. Plus, access our complimentary lactation consulting and sleep support services, ready when you are, to aid your family's postpartum recovery.

Packages

  • 2 in person Prenatal visits

  • 1 virtual prenatal call

  • Unlimited phone, text and email support.

  • Educational guidance and evidence-based information and resources as needed.

  • Assist your partner in becoming comfortable with unfamiliar health settings

  • Comprehensive support during labor and birth

  • Backup doula available if necessary

  • 1 postpartum follow up visit.

  • Do you perform physical examinations?
    No. Doulas are trained in many areas, but we are not doctors or midwives. We are trained in pain management to help you manage your pain during labor and birth. We are also trained in different position techniques to help you labor quicker and easier. Doulas are NOT medically trained. We provide no examinations of any kind. We do not perform any medical procedures.
  • Will hiring you affect my partner's role during birth?
    As your doula, part of my job is to help you and your partner connect with each other during your labor. I encourage your partner to fully engage during the labor process and help facilitate that process. We are a team. I understand how important the role of the partner is and their presence is critical to you feeling safe, secure, and loved.
  • What are your interactions with medical staffs like?
    A professional doula like myself, will always respect all medical staff that I encounter. I try to be somewhat of a bridge between you and the medical staff. It’s a delicate balance. My job is to give you any information that you might need to make a tough decision. I will help you talk through those tough decisions. If you have any questions that I can’t answer, I will make sure that either your OB/Midwife or a nurse can.
  • Do I have to give birth at home?
    No, I support all mothers in all settings. I will join you at the hospital, birth center and or at home.
  • What method of encapsulation do you offer?
    I offer the traditional Chinese medicine using ginger and lemon in the water that the placenta is steamed in. It is believed that the ginger restores the yang while the lemon has antiseptic properties and is thought to replenish yin energy efficiencies. I first steam the placenta prior to dehydrating in order to kill germs or bacteria.
  • What do I do with placenta after birth?
    Your placenta has to be placed in a cooler on ice or in a refrigerator within 4 hours after birth. If the process is unable to be started within 3 days of birth, the placenta should be placed in the freezer and defrosted 24 hours in the refrigerator. The placenta can be frozen up to 3 months.
  • When and How should I contact you?
    I ask that you or your partner contact us ideally once you are at the hospital to give us a heads-up. In the case of an emergency or unplanned birth, please contact me by phone between the hours of 9am and 9pm within 12 hours of birth. My goal is to encapsulate your placenta quickly so you receive the benefits as soon as possible.
  • How many capsules will I receive?
    The amount of capsules varies from placenta to placenta. It will depend on the size of your placenta, as well as the method chosen. The Traditional Chinese Method tends to yield less capsules due to the steaming process.
  • Are there any laws against me taking my placenta?
    In Massachusetts, the placenta is not considered “medical waste” if you decide to keep it. Many hospitals in Massachusetts already have a policy in place for placental release, which often includes a release form as well as offering a leakproof container for transportation. I recommend that you discuss your decision to encapsulate your placenta with your health provider and add it to your birth plan so everyone is aware of your wishes and plan. Have more questions for me? Book your free consult and let’s chat!
  • What is your purpose?
    As a Doula, not only am I there for my clients physically, emotionally, and educationally; I am there for so much more. Oftentimes, pregnancy and birth are described as glamorous and beautiful but in reality, that is not always the case. Sometimes there are surprises, unplanned complications that arise, or uncertainties that you can’t resolve. Because that’s what pregnancy and birth are all about! It’s messy and unpredictable - but it’s also so extremely powerful. I am here throughout it all. The exciting, emotional, scary, messy, unpredictable, you name it - I am by your side. I am here as your biggest cheerleader and advocate, and also as a shoulder to cry on when things get tough and uncertain. I am here to remind you that you are strong and brave, when you feel anything but that. I cannot promise you that things are going to be easy, perfect or go the way you’d planned. But I can promise you that I will take every measure in my power to find you peace in the moment, future, and in your past experiences, whatever they may entail!
  • Do you perform physical examinations?
    No. Doulas are trained in many areas, but we are not doctors or midwives. We are trained in pain management to help you manage your pain during labor and birth. We are also trained in different position techniques to help you labor quicker and easier. Doulas are NOT medically trained. We provide no examinations of any kind. We do not perform any medical procedures.
  • Will hiring you affect my partner's role during birth?
    As your doula, part of my job is to help you and your partner connect with each other during your labor. I encourage your partner to fully engage during the labor process and help facilitate that process. We are a team. I understand how important the role of the partner is and their presence is critical to you feeling safe, secure, and loved.
  • What are your interactions with medical staffs like?
    A professional doula like myself, will always respect all medical staff that I encounter. I try to be somewhat of a bridge between you and the medical staff. It’s a delicate balance. My job is to give you any information that you might need to make a tough decision. I will help you talk through those tough decisions. If you have any questions that I can’t answer, I will make sure that either your OB/Midwife or a nurse can.
  • Do I have to give birth at home?
    No, I support all mothers in all settings. I will join you at the hospital, birth center and or at home.

Schedule a consultation and begin the conversation about your birth story.

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