Napa Valley MIDWIVES ~ Doula Services
Why Choose a Birth Doula?
• As both a licensed midwife and doula (and mom!), We have extensive training and experience in pregnancy and childbirth to provide ongoing physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman and her family during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period.
• As a doula in a hospital birth, we do not perform clinical procedures, We will advocate for your emotional and physical needs.
• We support you in the birth you want, even when it may differ from your birth plan (for example, having to have your baby in the hospital due to medical reasons rather than the home birth you hoped and planned for).
Napa Valley Midwives offer comprehensive and personalized support for women choosing hospital or birth center birth. We believe that the safest place to give birth to your baby is where you feel the most comfortable. We will provide you with the care, support and education you need to make informed choices about your labor and delivery.
Unlike most certified doulas, our Doulas at Napa Valley Midwives are Licensed Midwives in the state of California. This provides you with additional support, clinical advocacy and wisdom throughout your pregnancy and birth and postpartum period.. It also allows you the comfort of laboring at home, while being reassured that everything is progressing normally, This allows for a gentle and empowered labor experience for mother, baby and family as well as minimizing unnecessary interventions.
Our birth doula services include 2-3 prenatal visits, support during labor and one postpartum home visit after you have returned home.
During our hour long visits we will discuss your vision and goals for your birth and create an individualized Birth Plan to be shared with your doctor. There is no substitution for the care and support you will receive from a wise and experienced Midwife.
Every woman deserves to be honored during her labor and birth!
Napa Valley Midwives doulas have an outstanding relationship and good rapport with the local hospitals and staff, ensuring that your transition to the hospital will be smooth and pleasant. Women supported by a doula have approximately a 60% reduction in epidural requests.
The Benefits of Hiring a Doula
- Fewer medical complications/interventions
- Collaborative Prenatal Care during meetings in which we co-create a birth plan
- Access to our expertise and knowledge base of information regarding pregnancy, labor and birth.
- Resource lists and shared tools such as books, podcasts, DVDs, websites, groups, and pertinent organizations,
- Reduced Cesarean rates.
- Fewer requests for pain medications.
- Less likely to have postpartum depression.
- Reduced use of episiotomies.
- Continuous labor, delivery & postpartum emotional and physical support, in your home or other birth location (birthing center, hospital etc).
- Postpartum emotional support
- Assistance with breastfeeding
- Postpartum home visits
- More time with your partner to bond together and with the baby.
- Mother is able to bond with baby more easily and views birth as a positive experience.
- Less need for medications to speed labor.
- Lowers anxiety, stress & pain for mom, baby and partner.
- Reduced need for forceps/vacuum extractor.
- Increased confidence in the birth process, one's self and in partner's support.
- Higher success rate in breastfeeding, latching and bonding with baby.
- Increased satisfaction with overall birth experience.
- Reduced rates of Postpartum anxiety
- Continuity in care through the pregnancy, prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum period.
The Benefits of Doula Support for Other Parent / Partner:
- Doulas are emotionally and physically supportive of both the birthing parent and the partner. The extra support allows the partner to be involved to their own emotional process.
- Supports partner in focusing on their own needs and comfort level during the labor and birth process.
- Practical, emotional and collaborative support and help for the partner (be it reminders to rest and eat, or helping them to support their birthing partner).
- Partner can take breaks, and trust that their laboring partner will be supported and cared for.
- Increased confidence in self and laboring mother.
- Advocate for the family's birth plan and needs so the partner can just be in the moment with the birth process.
- Partner experiences the labor, birth and change in the family structure more positively.
- Partner bonds more easily and quickly with the new baby.
There are many techniques and tools a Birth Doula may use to ease physical and emotional discomfort during labor and birth:
- Emotional Support
- Positioning of momma's body to facilitate easier labor and reduce discomfort
- Breathing techniques
- Hot/ Cold therapies
- Birth balls
- Relaxation techniques- focal points, imagery, sensory therapy, and more.
- Shower and Baths (water therapy)
- Advocating for birth plan & supporting family in their unique needs
- Knowledge of options
- Offering food and beverages as needed
- Uniquely tailored collaborative support
Postpartum Doula Services
What exactly is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula is trained to care for families in the initial weeks after birth, by providing emotional and practical support. As a midwife and postpartum doula I offer supportive guidance regarding newborn care, infant feeding, breastfeeding and emotional support.
Professional support person trained in:
- Breastfeeding & lactation education and support.
- Newborn care and instructions
- Postpartum nutrition for momma
- Typical newborn behavior and development.
- Recognizing postpartum mood disorders & offering support referrals
- Linking parents to community & online resources
Napa Valley Midwife recognizes the importance of a smooth transition in welcoming baby for new parents, siblings and pets. We can help facilitate this by offering the following services to our postpartum doula clients:
- Care for baby; including tending to feedings, burping, diapering & soothing while the new parents catch up on much needed rest.
- Breastfeeding and Bonding support
- Newborn Care Education such as Burping, Bathing, Diapering, Cord Care, etc.
- Soothing Techniques
- Meal Preparation
- Light Housekeeping
- Emotional Support
- Sibling support
- Pet Care; feeding and walking
- Education, Resources and Guidance
Benefits of a Postpartum Doula:
- Deeper bonding and cultivating a positive relationship with the baby.
- Increased affectionate toward baby
- Reduced incidence in postpartum mood disorders are reported when the parents have support
- Higher breastfeeding success rate.
- Greater satisfaction with postpartum period.
- Quicker physical and emotional birth recovery
- Practical household support
- Eases transition for older sibblings
- Parents are able to eat healthier and sleep more with support in caring for newborn
- Deepened confidence in parenting and childcare.
- Less stress and anxiety.•
Role of a Postpartum Doula:
- Supports the family both practically and emotionally through early transitional days and weeks.
- Helps parents process birth, whether its the joys, the shock or the difficulties.
- Assists with early breastfeeding.
- Organizational tasks around the household to help with the new baby
- Provides information on normal newborn behavior and development.
- Care of siblings.
- Provides guidance and help with newborn tasks such as diapering, bathing, cord care, dressing, feeding, burping, etc.
- Prepares meals, runs errands, performs light housekeeping.
- Helps parents bond with baby
- Works with extended family members to cultivate a system of support