Mothers Empowering Mothers can help connect you to the Doula support you need.
All Doulas we connect you to will be certified and trained. Their passion lies with serving women, and mothering the mothers. They have innate knowledge in all things birth and maternal health.
What is a Certified Labor Doula? What do they do?
Labor Doulas fill the important roll of offering physical, mental, and emotional support. When women and families are supported in birth with up to date information on physiological normal birth, studies have shown us women do better in their postpartum period by significantly reducing the incidence of postpartum mood disorders.
Birth is about who a woman is, who she will become, it defines her innate wisdom in trusting her body to do what is needs to do. Birth will unravel her to her most raw, primal being, as it powerfully and gently whispers to remind her of what women have been doing since the beginning of time.
Women then feel empowered and liberated in making the best decision for their baby and their birth. As long as women are presented with all the information and up to date facts of interventions and augmentations, only then can a woman positively make the best decision for her birth and her baby. A doula has done her job when the birthing woman has made informed choices for her labor and birth. It doesn't matter if its a hospital birth, a home birth, with interventions or without, our job is done when women are supported and presented with all the information.
What is a Postpartum Doula? What do they do?
A Postpartum Doula comes into the homes of new families the days and weeks following the birth of their baby. Mothers Empowering Mothers postpartum doulas are certified and trained in postpartum care, labor and birth, and maternal mental health first aid. Our job is to help 'mother the mother', and help make the transition into motherhood and easier one. Studies have shown us that when new mothers are supported and educated in their postpartum period we significantly reduce the incidence of perinatal mood disorders.
Postpartum Doulas are educated and trained in:
- Lactation Support and education
- Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
- Assistance with newborn care such as breastfeeding, bathing, feeding and comforting
- Let mother sleep or shower while baby is taken care of
- Running errands
- Housekeeping (laundry, dishes, vacuuming etc)
- Meal preparation
- Sibling care
- Maternal Mental health check ins
- Library of local resources (therapists, pelvic floor, postpartum groups, breastfeeding cafe, etc)
I would really like a Doula but don’t think I can afford one…
MEM is here to help mothers access the supports they need, especially those who need it most. When funding is available, applications will be accepted to help cover the cost of postpartum doula services.
Doulas are not medical professionals and do not perform medical tasks and do not diagnose. Doulas can be a resource to help connect you to health professionals when you need.