Brandie Stoneking, BSN,
and Baby Sebastian
I'm so excited for you and your family as you embark upon this journey of parenthood. Whether it's your first time or your fifth, what an exciting and wonderful time in your life! I would love the opportunity to support you during your pregnancy and birth process.
Did you know?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth
labors are shorter with fewer complications
babies are healthier
babies breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
"To witness the birth of a child is our best opportunity to experience the meaning of the word miracle." Paul Carvel