What is a doula?
A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also provide support to the mother’s partner and family. Unlike a midwife, doulas are not medical professionals and therefore cannot administer medication. Doulas are typically certified with some courses taking over a year to complete. Continuous support during birth from a person outside the mother’s family or social circle, such as a Doula, is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the mother and the baby, shorter labor time, reduced risk of a C-Section, and a lower need for medical interventions such as instrumental delivery or pain relief. Support from a Doula may also reduce mothers’ negative feelings about their childbirth experience.
- CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
Whether you’re a first-time or experienced parent, alone or with a partner, or striving to have a VBAC, medicated or un-medicated birth, these classes will enrich your knowledge not only of childbirth, but of your relationships with your partner, your care provider, and yourself
- BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
We provide sliding-scale birth doula services, to any low-income and Latino women. An empowering birth experience leads to a much greater chance of creating a healthier environment for the baby, ultimately growing stronger families and communities.
- POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES
As a professionally trained postpartum doula, we support the family after birth, usually in their home. We offer education and non-judgmental support during the vital fourth trimester. We are skilled at offering evidence-based information and support for breastfeeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing, mother-baby bonding, and coping skills for new parents.
New mothers and fathers have tremendous needs in the days and weeks following birth. These include getting adequate rest, optimal nutrition, help with breastfeeding, emotional support and answers to questions and uncertainties about care of the new baby and including older siblings.
- VOLUNTEER DOULA SERVICES
The volunteer doulas in Gentle Mothering will be serving women who deliver their babies at WNC hospitals. They provide one-on-one emotional (non-clinical) support to women during childbirth, working alongside nurses, midwives and physicians. This services will be provide for qualifying low-income expectant families.
- PLACENTA ENCASULATION
Ingesting the placenta has numerous benefits and can be done in different ways. Encapsulation (a technique of processing the placenta, grinding it into a powder and putting it in capsules) enables you to enjoy those benefits completely and easily. Each placenta’s hormonal and mineral make up is completely unique to the mother and no supplement or vitamin can compare to the unique value that this provides the mother in her recovery from childbirth, and the child via the breast milk.