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  • the physical and emotional health of mothers
  • and babies during the CRUCIAL FIRST YEARS OF LIFE.
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The doula: a companion and advocate throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond!

 

From the traditional Greek meaning "woman caregiver ", today's doula is "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth" (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus - Mothering the Mother). The doula's role is to guide parents through the experiences of pregnancy, labour, birth and the early days and weeks with their new baby. Prenatal education includes what to expect during pregnancy, labour and birth; writing a birth plan; different approaches to pain-relief; becoming familiar with hospital protocols and routines; pregnancy screening tests; labour/birth interventions; preventing complications; informed consent; suggested readings, etc. The doula provides critical physical and emotional support and is available around the clock during active labour and birth. Her training and experience enables her to inform parents about the different options available to them, which can impact both the experience of birth and beyond as well as the long-term health and well-being of mother and baby. As such, she is an important liaison between the mother and her birth attendants, always in a climate of respect for the couple's unique values and goals.

Birth is the culmination of pregnancy, and it is also the beginning of three new lives: the baby's, the mother's and the father's. When a baby is born, a mother is born (or re-born!). This is a life changing experience and since the beginning of time women have had special support and protection during this time. Fathers, too, are born out of this amazing experience and they also benefit from the guidance and support of an experienced, trusted companion.

The doula does not replace the father and/or partner, nor is she a substitute for him. Her presence serves to protect, support, and empower the couple and family. This enables the father to fully experience the birth of his baby at his own comfort level and remain emotionally connected to his partner and child, without the responsibility of being the sole support person.

 

Why give birth with the help of a doula?

The special relationship, trust and continuity of care that exist between a mother, her partner and their doula can have an important positive impact on the experiences of pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding. Some of the proven benefits of having a doula include:

Birth outcomes :

  • 25% shorter labour
  • 50% fewer cesareans
  • 40% reduction of oxytocin use to speed up labour
  • less use of forceps and vaccum extraction
  • 30-60% fewer requests for pain medication/epidurals
  • fewer complications

 

For Mom :

  • less fever and infection
  • reduced bleeding after birth
  • more positive birth experience
  • more secure, confident
  • less anxiety and postpartum depression
  • enhanced bonding with baby


For baby :

  • shorter hospital stay
  • fewer admissions to special care nurseries
  • easier start to breastfeeding

 

For the healthcare system:

  • dramatically reduced costs of obstetrical care

 

Mama Dearest's doula services are provided by Stephanie Dupras. A mother of four, Stephanie is a Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, doula, and childbirth educator. Stephanie's philosophy of care fosters respect, gentleness, confidence and autonomy. She provides support during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in a climate of trust and confidentiality. Her combined skills provide a unique approach to helping new parents become informed, empowered and confident in the choices they make, thus ensuring the best possible start to life with their new baby.

Please call (450) 661-6629 or (514) 996-8280 for more information or to schedule a meeting.

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