Providing Birth support to Families in San Francisco and Marin county"Mothering the mother during the birth of her baby."
As a doula (from the Greek word meaning “woman caregiver”) I offer continuous emotional support, and physical comfort to you throughout your birthing journey and shortly after the birth of your baby. I provide the quiet space for you to create the birth you want.
Most women experience success in their birthing process when they feel they are respected and given the opportunity to make informed decisions about their care. One of my roles as a doula is to help you ask questions and express your needs.
In my role as a doula, I do not try to take over the special, intimate role of the birth partner. But there are many times when a woman needs more than one support person, and when her partner needs reassurance, advice, and help. This support allows the partner to be more relaxed and emotionally available and to be present at the level he/she feels most comfortable.
The postpartum visit provides you the opportunity to look back on the birth experience and process your feelings surrounding the events and interactions. This re-telling of your birthing story gives you a chance to understand and celebrate your strength and power.
Studies have shown many benefits of doula care, including:
- Improved physical and psychological outcomes for mother and baby
- Shorter labors
- Less use of pitocin
- Fewer cesarean births
- Fewer births using forceps and vacuum extractors
- Fewer requests for pain medication
- More successful breastfeeding
- More positive postpartum outcomes for mother
- Greater satisfaction with birth experience
Questions answered by Cindy Whitman-Bradley in the SFGH Doula Newsletter
"Childbirth is power in its purest and most natural form--it is wild and uncontrollable and takes us on a journey of surrender. Birth is about so much more than babies being born. It is about a mother finding her inner strength at her most vulnerable and powerful moment, which begins her unique and lifelong journey of mothering that child." Brianna Z. Kauer (Midwifery Today, Autumn 2012)