The Village Doula  - Claremont, Califonia
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Does a doula replace nursing staff?
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals.
 
Mother and child 
What effects does the presence of a doula have on the mother?
When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.
 
What effects do the presence of doulas have on babies?
Studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.
 
 
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
NO!  A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.
 

Will a doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.
 
 
Resources
 

My goal is to serve women regardless of their ability to pay my full fee (or any fee at all).  In order to continue this service, while keeping a roof over my head and food in my belly, I have created this store.  Please visit The Village Doula Amazon Store for all of the titles below and more!



Books

The Birth Partner By Penny Simkin
The Birth Partner By Penny Simkin
Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Includes clear, comprehensive information on: Cesareans, inducing labor, IVs, epidurals, homebirths, midwives and obstetricians, hospital births, birth centers, & alternatives to high-tech birth
The Mother of All Pregnancy Books
The Mother of All Pregnancy Books
The Ultimate Guide to: Conception, Birth, and everything in Between
Birthing From Within by Pam England CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz PhD
Birthing From Within by Pam England CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz PhD
An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
America's leading midwife, shares her exceptional birthing wisdom in this intuitive guide to childbirth.



 
 
 
 



























Movies

The Business of Being Born
The Business of Being Born
Director Abby Epstein and producer Ricki Lake offer a probing look at childbirth in America in the documentary The Business of Being Born, which explores the history of obstetrics, the history and function of midwives, and how many common medical practices may be doing new mothers more harm than good.
Orgasmic Birth
Orgasmic Birth
A documentary that examines the intimate nature of birth and the powerful role it plays in women's lives when they are permitted to experience it fully.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Websites 

Midwives Alliance of North AmericaPlus Size Birth
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
Doulas of North AmericaLa Leche League
Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles
 
International Cesarean Awareness Network 
 
 
 
 
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