Labor and Birth Doula Assistance
Finding the Right Labor & Birth Support for YOU
The Center for Integral Pregnancy & Childbirth is part of a large local and global network of skilled and experienced Birth Professionals. Not only do we offer our own associated Doula Services, but we are also committed to helping you find the right Birth Support Professionals (i.e. OBs, Midwives, Doctors, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Psychotherapists, etc.) within that network that will be the exact right fit for YOU and your unique pregnancy, birth, and journey into parenthood. It is our goal to help you find the right professionals within this wider network that will fulfill your needs and desires.
What is a Birth Assistant or Doula?
A trained birth assistant or "Doula" is an experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing woman and her partner before, during and after birth.
What are the Benefits of Hiring a Birth Assistant/Doula?
Numerous research studies and reviews conducted over the past few decades have found that Doula support during labor helps reduce interventions (including cesarean sections, forceps and vacuum deliveries), shortens the duration of labor, increases breastfeeding rates, and raises overall birth satisfaction.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a Doula’s presence at birth:
- Results in shorter labors with fewer complications.
- Increases a woman's positive feelings about her childbirth experience.
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction.
- Reduces requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans.
- Decreases incidence of postpartum depression.
For more information and research on the positive impact that Doulas have on labors, click here.
Doulas and Partners
In addition to supporting the birthing mother, Birth Assistants often support their partners as well. The doula does not take the place of the partner during the labor. Doulas typically play a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent that he/she feels comfortable, and the doula and partner can then work together to form a powerful support team.
Doula Services & Our Approach to Birth Assistance
In our eyes, there are no 'right' and 'wrong' ways to give birth. That said, we also understand that there are ways that you can approach your pregnancy and birth journey that can increase your likelihood of having a positive and empowering experience.
Our Doulas are exceptionally skilled and experienced and are committed to providing you with the support you need to give you the best opportunity to have the most optimal birth experience for yourself and your baby. As your Birth Assistants, our goal is to assist you and your family through the remarkable journey of labor and birth by offering emotional and physical support, in ways which best meet YOUR needs and desires.
We do this by providing useful and applicable information, suggesting labor techniques proven to reduce pain, fears and unnecessary medical interventions, and by providing advocacy for meeting your needs and desires. All of these are aimed at helping you to have the most positive and empowering experience as possible.
As your Doulas, we work with you throughout your pregnancy to prepare for your labor and for your life with your new baby, and are there to support you whether you labor and give birth at home, at a birth center, or in a hospital.
The Center for Integral Pregnancy & Childbirth's associated Doula Services is Luma Birth Services (website currently under construction). CIPC Founder, Brooke Radloff and Mama Lotus Doula Services owner, Lisa Flato work in partnership and provide you with premier labor and birth assistance. These services are offered in collaboration with The Luma Center.
A Sample of the Doula Services we provide may include the following:
- A free consultation. We’ll meet together to get a feel for each other and let you know more about the services we provide, and explore how we can best meet your labor and birthing needs.
- Two professional and skilled doulas on call and available to you and your family throughout your pregnancy, labor and postpartum transition.
- Unlimited email, text and phone assistance throughout pregnancy for any questions/concerns you may have.
- On-call 24/7 for labor and birth (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after Expected Due Date).
- Back-up Doula on call in case of emergency or illness of primary doula.
- Continuous labor support at your home and/or at the hospital until 1-2 hours after the birth, including:
- Physical: Massage, counter-pressure, heat/cold, nourishment, aromatherapy, rebozo, position recommendations that may contribute to a more active, shorter, and easier labor.
- Emotional: Relaxation techniques, verbal support, positive affirmations, loving and supportive presence, and providing mindfulness, visualization, mantra or hypnobirthing cues.
- Family: Helping your partner with the tools and resources to skillfully assist you during labor. Help him/her to be as nourished and rested as possible.
- Birth Team/Hospital Staff: Help facilitate positive and productive communication and understanding with hospital staff regarding your preferences and birth plan.
- Prenatal birth doula visits so we can get to know each other better, organize your desires for your birth and create a birth plan.
- Postpartum home visits.
- Basic postpartum, lactation and breast-feeding support.
- Attendance at any CIPC discussion groups or lectures.
- Access to CIPC lending library of pregnancy, birth and postpartum books.
- Discounted rate for additional consulting/counseling sessions, Prenatal Massages, Mindful Motherhood groups, or Optimal Pregnancy Program.
The Primary Doulas associated with CIPC, are Luma Birth Services' Doulas Lisa Flato of Mama Lotus Doula Services and CIPC's founder, Brooke Radloff. To learn more about Brooke Radloff's journey with birth and her qualifications as a Birth Doula, please click here. To learn more about Lisa Flato, click here. Luma Birth Services website is currently under construction.