What is a Doula?
Empowering through Education-
You have so many options!!! You can make each decision to fit your family best. I explain every step of the process.
Example: You are at 2cm. for hours after and induction, water has been broke, you are exhausted.
-Do you want an epidural to rest?
-Do nothing different, stay in tub, try different positions and continue naturally through contractions?
-Medication through IV that wont take it away, but can help you manage, but may make you more exhausted?Example #2: This is your first child
-Do you want to labor at home for a bit?
-Do you want to birth with or without medication? Risks and benefits of each? Here’s how can you achieve that!
-When do you go to the hospital? (I’ll come to your home and we can discuss during labor)
-Do you want to breastfeed, but are nervous about how that will affect you if you have postpartum depression?
Helping you understand medical terminology
-I’m next to you during labor. Do you have back labor? Are you tensing your shoulders?
There are a lot of emotions, happy, scary, anxious, afraid, teary, etc. I want to be sure you are heard
I do not perform medical tasks such as, cervical checks, fetal heart rate, blood pressure etc.
Hired by YOU-
I do not work for the hospitals, but for you once you hire me.
Dads & Doulas-
I don’t replace Dads, I encourage you on how to effectively be there for her and explain what’s going on!
“As a first time dad I was very scared of the thought of my wife having our child. But with our pre-birth chats with Jenny I slowly grew confidence.” -Dad
“We couldn’t have done it without you.” -Dad
A trained and certified person that supports pregnant women educationally, physically & emotionally during labor. (I’m certified through Childbirth And Postpartum Professional Association)
CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. They are one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world.
The Certified Labor Doula
CAPPA Labor Doulas fill an important role in providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based, informational support to the birthing woman and her family before, during, and after birth.
How CAPPA Labor Doulas work with families
The Labor Doula works with families during pregnancy, during labor, and in the birth process, and in the immediate postpartum time, offering support, encouragement, information, comfort, and referrals as needed.
How CAPPA Labor Doulas work within the healthcare system
Labor Doulas are skilled support persons who act as consultants and resources, not clinicians. They, therefore, work with the healthcare system by encouraging and promoting excellent communication between the birthing woman and the health care team,
INFORMED decision-making and self-advocacy, supporting the…
CHOICES of the birthing woman, providing non-clinical comfort techniques, and offering appropriate
REFFERALS when their observance or counseling uncovers situations that require healthcare attention or support.
Clinical Limitations of CAPPA Labor Doulas
CAPPA Labor Doulas are non-clinical professionals. CAPPA Labor Doula courses do not qualify a professional to act as a midwife or midwifery assistant, as any alternative medicine provider, or as any medical care provider. Labor Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions, perform clinical procedures, prescribe or administer treatment for medical conditions, make medical decisions for the birthing woman, or direct families to act against medical advice.
CAPPA does not train its certified professionals to prescribe, perform, or provide complementary/alternative therapies including, but not limited to, essential oils, placenta medicine, herbal treatments, etc. CAPPA professionals do not prescribe, perform, or provide alternative/complementary therapies as part of their role as a CAPPA certified professional. Those who are trained, certified, licensed, or a recipient of a degree in these therapies are required to present these services as separate from their role as a CAPPA certified professional.
CAPPA Labor Doulas work within CAPPA’s standards of practice to uphold the following (available to read as individual documents): code of conduct, a grievance policy, mission statement, vision statement, organization philosophy, and social media policy. CAPPA Labor Doulas use current evidence-based knowledge information in their practice. They maintain their knowledge and skills through continuing education. They work within the legal framework of their individual community and region.
CAPPA Labor Doulas:
• Provide non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during pregnancy, labor and the birth process, and the immediate postpartum period
• Work closely with the birthing woman and her family as she explores her values and needs surrounding birth
• Encourage the birthing woman to seek care and a place of birth that reflects her values and needs
• Assist in the preparation of birth preferences to facilitate communication with the birth team
• Model, teach and encourage effective communication
• Encourage informed decision making
• Provide information on birth options and resources
• Provide the woman with non-medical comfort techniques for labor, such as positions and movement, comforting touch, visualization, breathing techniques, and affirmation
• Seek to foster a cooperative, respectful, and positive atmosphere with the birth team
• Provide support to the birthing woman’s partner or family
• Support and assist initial breastfeeding
• Assist the mother in processing her birth experience
• Answer general questions about newborn care and breastfeeding
• Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
• Who are trained, certified, licensed, or a recipient of a degree in alternative/complimentary therapies including, but not limited to, essential oils, placenta medicine, herbal treatments, etc. are required to present these services as separate from the role of a CAPPA certified professional
The CAPPA Labor Doula is not a clinician and therefore does not:
• Diagnose medical conditions
• Perform clinical procedures
• Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results
• Prescribe or administer treatment of medical conditions
• Make decisions for the birthing woman
• Speak for the birthing woman
• Attend births that are intentionally unassisted by qualified medical professionals
• Transport any family members
• Prescribe, perform, or provide alternative/complimentary therapies including, but not limited to, essential oils, placenta medicine, herbal treatments, etc. as part of the role of a CAPPA certified professional