These are many common questions that I get asked when I talk about the great work I do in supporting pregnant women.
You decided to explore this website because you are intrigued. Maybe this is your first step into becoming proactive during this pregnancy and I am cheering you on.
Whether you gain personal knowledge after reviewing this site or decide to let Gingersnaps Empower you, Remember this one thing. You are Phenomenal & Wonderfully Made!
What is a Doula?
A professional trained labor assistant who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
I already have labor support do I need a Doula?
Your labor support team should consist of helpful loving people. Maybe those individuals include your partner, a friend or a family member. Teaming up with a doula will enhance the labor support that you already have in place. Labor is very demanding. I am here to alleviate some of the stress associated with labor that may fall on mom, partner or the support persons.
I offer suggestive positioning, comfort techniques, & advocacy. I encourage support persons to actively support mom so no one is left out of what is considered a sacred journey. Many partners/labor support teams have reported that the continuous presence, kindness, reassurance and encouragement I provided was comforting. It allowed partners/labor support teams to really be present in the moment as well give them the opportunity to take a restroom break, grab a quick bite to eat or just rest.
I am not here to replace your support team but to endow trust, confidence, knowledge and overall support.
When should I hire a Doula?
You should start interviewing Doulas as soon a possible. Most doulas will offer a free consultation to discuss how they can best serve you. Its a two way street, and if you find that during the interview you do not mesh well, then the search continues. I have aided new mothers to finding the best doula for them when I saw that I was not an appropriate fit. Once my client signs their contract I start conducting prenatal visits at about 32 & 36 weeks. Give yourself time to research and interview doulas. Any time after 16 weeks is a good time to research. It's never too late to hire a Doula! All gestational weeks are welcomed!
Instilling Trust & Confidence
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