What is a doula?
A doula is a companion who provides non-judgemental support to individuals as they transition through major life experiences. Most professional doulas accompany individuals and their families through the experiences of conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. However, one can find doulas holding space for many of life’s other big events as well.
A doula does not provide clinical or medical care and is instead trained to provide customized informational, emotional, and physical support to help individuals meet their pregnancy, birthing and postpartum goals. Some birth doulas start relationships with families long before birth during the prenatal period, while others meet immediately before, during or after birth. The use of a doulas is low-risk, highly effective and proven to improve birth and postpartum outcomes.
Reproductive experiences are embodied ones, and no matter what type of relationship we have with our bodies, its important to be honored for who we are in them. Anyone seeking doula support deserves to have it. EveryBody’s Doula seeks to meet you where you are, exactly as you are, while providing high quality doula support. Whether you are intimately connected to your body or generally confused by it. Firmly rooted your identity or fostering evolution and change.
BIRTH DOULA: Doula who provides continuous support during labor, birth and immediate postpartum period.
POSTPARTUM DOULA: Doula who provides pre-scheduled, intermittent in-person support during the first several weeks of infancy.
PRENATAL: The period of time before childbirth.
POSTPARTUM: The period of time after childbirth.
MIDWIFE: A trained professional who oversees the reproductive medical care of individuals, especially during pregnancy and birth.
OB-GYN: A medical doctor and surgeon who oversees the reproductive medical care of individuals, especially during pregnancy and birth and who specializes in the treatment of higher-risk pregnancy and cesarean surgery.
LACTATION CONSULTANT: A trained professional who assists individuals with human lactation, breast/chest-feeding, and pumping.
PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS (PMAD) - Psychological and emotional shifts that result from experiences during childbirth and postpartum. These are more serious than the usual transition-related bumps, and many times benefit from professional help and support.