What a Doula IS NOT

A Doula is not a medical professional.

 

We cannot make diagnosis, write prescriptions, or preform medical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal assessments.

 

We do not replace your health care practitioner, whether that be a doctor, or a midwife. 

What is a Full Spectrum Doula?

 

To keep this somewhat short, the absolute BEST description I have ever heard of a Doula was from one of my doula training teachers (hey hey JB! Love Over Fear And Wellness & Birth

"Non Medical, Health Care Adjacent Community Care." 

 

And this is exactly what we are! We work alongside your medical professionals (unless you are having a freebirth) to care for your needs. Each individual will have different roles to be filled by your doula! 

 

FULL SPECTRUM means that I support clients going through a variety of reproductive situations including:

 

  • pre-conception

  • pregnancy

  • birth

  • postpartum

  • loss 

  • termination

Here are some specific ways a doula supports clients through these phases of life.. this is definitely not an exhaustive list!

Pre Conception

  •      Make an action plan for bodily and mental care of person getting ready to concieve

  •      Talk through fertility options such as IUI, IVF, Surrogacy, and more

  •      Help process emotions and experiences

 Pregnancy

  •      Help establish a birth plan, roles during birth, talk about fears

  •      Provide resources and education

  •      Be a point of contact / get assurance if you should contact health provider or not (ie: water breaking)

Birth

  •      Provide hands on comfort techniques

  •      Provide education about medical and non medical pain relief, help you make decisions in labour

  •      Advocate for birth wishes

  •      Keep area tidy, help set up, keep siblings entertained 

Postpartum

  •      Diapering, Feeding, and sleep support

  •      Organization and light cleaning

  •      Meal prep / snacks

  •      Sibling care, baby care, overnight care

Loss / Termination

  •      Help finding non judgemental resources / providers

  •      Attendance at appointments / medical services

  •      Experience and grief processing