Doula

Because it's about more than one day

Birth doula services don't just cover the hours you are in labor. It is so much more than that. Hiring Embrace Birth Services as your personal Winnipeg birth doula ensures that you are followed throughout the entirety of your pregnancy, labor and birth experience, and postpartum period.

Have a question? Feeling unsure? Need to share a milestone or photo? Embrace Birth Services is here for that.

What is a Winnipeg Birth Doula?

If you're pregnant, a birth doula is your new best friend. A doula is a trained and experienced labor companion. She follows you throughout your pregnancy in order to help you prepare for the labor and birth that YOU want. Continuous support during labor has been associated with improved birth outcomes and experiences, so good thing your doula is on call for you any time, day or night! Your Winnipeg birth doula will meet you during active labor and provide encouragement and assistance during your birth- kind of like a mini cheerleader and tour guide all wrapped together- one who knows all the secret tricks and tips to make your experience a positive one.

 

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Is a Doula Really for ME though?

Ok, but... I'm pretty sure I want an epidural. I love my OB. I've got a great partner and they can give a killer backrub. So, a doula isn't really meant for me, right? Wrong! A doula is there for you no matter what your birth plan (or lack of one!) is. Planning a hospital birth with an epidural as soon as you check in? I'm there. Welcoming your sweet babe at a quiet homebirth in your birth pool? I'll hold space for you. Not really sure yet? That's ok too! We'll talk during your pregnancy and I'm there to answer any questions you may have. Got a great partner? I think we'll make a wonderful team so everyone feels supportive. After all, I work to support the partner too.

Bottom line-- Doulas support all birthers in all types of births. From zen homebirths to planned cesareans, a doula is there to encourage, empower and support you.

"But.... what do you really do?"

One of the most common questions regarding a birth doula is what do you *actually* do? The wonderful thing is that this is flexible and tailored to each birthing family. On paper this means Embrace offers physical, informational and emotional support during labor and birth to families in the Winnipeg area.

In practice, this means that I take my cues from you, and I meet you where you are. For some families, the desire is extra information during pregnancy and someone to answer questions during labour. Someone else may desire a calm presence who can offer massage or counterpressure for 8 hours straight. You may want some assistance setting up and filling a birth pool, making sure the music is on and the lights low, and someone is groaning along with you when you're feeling tapped out in hour six. It could mean fetching cool cloths and filling up water. A doula can remind you to eat and drink to keep your energy up, to remember to use the bathroom. I can suggest different positions or relaxation and pain relief techniques, all the while whispering in your ear that you are a rockstar, and I believe in you.

Partners often love doulas because they can act as a guide in an otherwise intimidating new experience. There's nothing I love more than watching a partner step in and start to emulate things I have been saying and doing at a birth, seeing that they are finding their confidence and feeling guided and supported themselves. Having a doula also gives your partner a chance to grab coffee (or send me on a run!), get a quick bite to eat, or even just a few moments to rest their hands in a difficult back labor. It is usually the birthing partners idea to hire a doula, but the supporting partner that raves the most afterwards!

For a further look into what birth doula care may look like for you, check out this recent blog I shared.

 

Your Winnipeg Birth Doula Package Includes:

A no obligation consultation to meet and get to know one another
Up to two in person prenatal meetings
Unlimited telephone, email and text message support from contract signing
Informational Resources and Handouts throughout pregnancy
Lending Library
24 Hours a day on call support for your labor and birth
A backup doula always available
Attendance at your birth regardless of length
Labor support including massage, counterpressure, position and relaxation tips and more
Postpartum support until 1-2 hours after birth
Help initiating breastfeeding and ongoing breastfeeding support
One postpartum visit to discuss the birth and any questions you have
Assistance with babywearing
Newborn care guidance and reassurance
Optional postpartum doula support add-on
Someone on your side no matter what twists and turns your birth experience may take

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