The word 'doula' comes from Greek, translating to woman servant and were women who attended to women giving birth. Today, a doula is trained to provide emotional and physical support during labor & delivery. A doula can also provide evidence-based information to allow the birthing person and their family to makes informed decisions. Having a birth doula provide continuous support decreases the time spent in labor, amount of pain medication used, and improves bonding with baby.
Mother + Earth was founded in 2020 to provide birth doula services in California’s San Joaquin Valley. We also offer virtual doula services to birthing people and their partners anywhere they may be.
We believe every birthing person deserves to be heard when it comes to how they want their baby to arrive earthside.
Whether you’re a first time mom, a birthing pro or somewhere in the middle, doula support is available. We are available to attend births at home, the hospital or a birth center. We attend the births of medicated and unmedicated labors. We support birthing people through Cesarean section, VBAC, epidural, intervention-free, induced and vaginal deliveries. Doulas provide support during pregnancy, throughout labor and delivery, and even during the postpartum period.
We have all heard old-wives tales, myths, and misconceptions surrounding pregnancy, labor, and delivery. As soon as a pregnancy is announced, friends & family have LOTS of advice to give. The goal as a doula is to provide current, fact-based information to families so that they can make informed decisions for them & their baby. Providing resources curated for your specific needs is one of the ways a doula can alleviate stress.
Having an unbiased, nonjudgmental person to listen to you during one of the most exciting, yet terrifying, time of your life can be worth its weight in gold. Pregnancy, L&D, and the postpartum transition tend to be stressful times for families. With a doula as a member of your support team, you have someone holding space for you to truthfully feel through all of the emotions.
One of the goals, if not THE main goal, of a doula is to make labor & delivery as ‘comfortable’ as possible. Comfort measures include massage, acupressure, ambiance setting, partner coaching, breathing techniques, thermal therapy, TENS unit, and the list goes on. The biggest benefit of having a doula is continuous labor support. Just by having a doula present at a birth, the use of pain medications decreases by ten percent.
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