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The word “Doula” is a word that is derived from the ancient Greek meaning, “A woman who serves.” This word has been popularized and is now used to refer to a person who is an experienced professional who provides support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with reassurance, practical assistance, and information.
Advent birth services is a Christian company who strives to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our communities and help serve families in a tangible way during one of the most monumental times in their lives. We have a passion to serve with a selfless love to help you achieve the birth that you desire.
Doulas are most often known to support families in their birth, but they can be invaluable during pregnancy as well. Doulas are a great resource and can assist with birth planning and preparations, help you navigate your options, understand diagnostic tests, and help you communicate with your caregiver. Doulas can also be a great emotional support while you sort through your anxieties and fears of birth and parenthood.
During the birth, Doulas work toward helping you achieve your goals with spiritual support, emotional support, physical support, and by advocating for your birth choices and helping you navigate your options in birth.
There are a few things that Doulas are not:
Doulas are not acting as nurses and do not provide clinical care, give examinations, or check the fetal heartbeat. The support that a doula gives should fit together well with your care provider and should not replace the care of your doctor, midwife, or nurses.
Doulas also do not make decisions for you or speak for you. This is YOUR birth and we are helping you to achieve your goals by providing evidence-based information and explanation of your options, but ultimately you decide what is best for you.
Research has shown that having a doula at your birth can make a difference in your outcome.
The risk of cesarean is reduced by having a doula present at your birth!
Doulas help you avoid routine interventions and help you make the best use of your options available.
People who use doulas tend to feel more satisfied with their births than those who have not used a doula.