What is a Doula?

The word ‘doula’ is from the ancient Greek and literally means, “a woman who serves”. In present day, this sentiment remains true: a doula is a trained, experienced birth professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and educational support to a mother before, during, and after a birth. Studies show that when doulas attend birth, labours are shorter, have fewer complications, babies are healthier and latch to the breast more easily.

Doulas understand that birth impacts the mother and child well beyond what we even measure. It is a key experience during a woman’s lifetime. As such, it is an incredibly emotional time for a mother and her partner. The doula’s role is to nurture and protect a mother’s birth experience, and to ensure, as much as possible, that it meets the desired birthplan. There are 2 types of doulas: birth/labour and post-partum. Birth doulas are trained in the physiology of birth, and can help facilitate communication with healthcare providers. They are NOT midwives, as the doula’s role is purely emotional, physical and educational rather than clinical or medical. From a pre-birth meeting to a continuous presence during labour, the birth doula physically and emotionally supports a birthing mother and her partner. 

Doulas bear witness to your birth experience, and early parenting days. We offer love, compassion, a non-judgmental ‘ear’, and have YOUR experience foremost in our minds. What we receive in return is the honour of having witnessed a truly sacred rite of passage in a fellow woman’s life!

Here at Natural Choice Medical Clinic in Guelph, Dr. Harmonie Eleveld, is  Naturopathic Doctor and doula and will incorporate her knowledge and experience as a Naturopathic Doctor, doula and woman to provide emotional support, physical comfort and communication with other caregivers to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labour. She can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner (if present), make suggestions for labour progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. In addition she can provide acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy and herbs to help when needed.

Fees:
$1100 paid in two installments includes:
Two pre-natal visits at the office to provide support leading up to the birth
On call support 24/7 from 2 weeks prior to your due date until your birth
Labour support from early labour until 1-2 hours after birth
One postpartum visit in home (or by phone if you prefer)

Did you know that most employee benefits cover the services of a Naturopathic Doctor? Having a Naturopathic Doctor as your doula means your doula services could be covered by your employee benefits.

For a complimentary consultation or for more information, contact us here or call 519-265-8035.