Birth is an incredible transformation to be a part of. This is an experience that leaves me heart filled and breathless every time I am able to participate in a client's birth story. I have a nonjudgmental approach to coaching labor and birth. First of all, I am proud of you. You have carried this new life, shifted and stretched your body, mind, and heart. Whether via cesarean or vaginally, you will birth your baby. I am honored to provide support to you during this momentous, transformational time in your life.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
As defined by DONA International, a birth doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after birth.
WHY HIRE A DOULA?
Numerous clinical studies have shown that a doula's presence at birth:
Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
Reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience
Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction, and cesarians
Reduces the mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
Feel more secure and cared for
Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
Have greater success with breastfeeding
Have greater self-confidence
Have less post-partum depression
why physical therapy in the birth room?
A physical therapist is a medical expert in musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. This provides a unique perspective to the progression of labor and birth with respect to various musculoskeletal considerations. Whether birthing vaginally or via cesarean delivery, a physical therapist is a valuable partner in preparation, progression, and recovery from birth.
PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES FOR LABOR AND BIRTH
Physical therapy interventions during labor and birth include:
Soft tissue Manipulation
Essential Oil Massage
Medical Yoga Therapy
Body Mechanics, Postures and Positions
Instruction in Perineal Massage and Preparation
Instruction in Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises
TENS Therapy (Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation)
Monitoring of Mother's Vitals
Information on the Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy
Information on Safely Exercising During Pregnancy