Doula Services

The word “doula” comes from Greek and means “woman caregiver.” The concept of a woman present at a birth to support the laboring mother and her partner has existed for centuries. As a Doula, Krassi accompanies women in labor to ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. A Doula can provide reassurance and perspective to the laboring mother and her partner; make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. Doulas are usually independent and self-employed. As your Doula, Krassi will be working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.

Krassi & Leela, 7 monthsKrassi received her training from the Sierra Childbirth Institute and is certified by DONA (Doulas of North America). She draws on her knowledge and experience as a Doula, as well as a yogi and a massage therapist to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that the mother has the information she needs to make informed decisions as they arise in labor.

Usually Krassi will meet with you and your partner at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, and to plan how you might best work together.

Once you are in labor it is recommended that you call you Doula even if you might not need her at that time. Together you can decide when and where your Doula should meet you. The deciding factor here is your comfort. Barring extraordinary circumstance, Krassi will come when you feel you need her and will stay with you through your labor regardless of the direction it takes. She will be with you to support you in your decision making, not to impose her personal opinions and preferences.

Krassi & Leela, newbornAfter the birth, Krassi will remain with you for one to two hours, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together. She can also assist you with initial breastfeeding, if necessary.

In most cases, there will be a postpartum meeting between you and your Doula to process and discuss the birth and any feelings, thoughts or concerns associated with it. Krassi will also be available for phone contact to answer questions about the birth or your baby.

A Doula does not:

  • Perform clinical tasks, such as measuring blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, etc. Krassi will be there to provide physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
  • Make decisions for you. Krassi will provide you with or help you obtain the information necessary to make an informed decision. She will also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan.
  • Speak to the staff instead of you regarding matters where decisions are being made. Krassi will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.

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