Portland Doulas & Birth Photography

DOULA SUPPORT 

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Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.
— Marcie Macari

So you’re growing a human. Pretty wild, isn’t it?

Maybe you feel that you are totally prepared for this major life transition, or perhaps you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by all that it will entail. Wherever you are in your journey, we’ll meet you there, and walk with you the rest of the way.

We’re Elizabeth and Vera: labor and postpartum doulas in Portland, Oregon and creative visual storytellers. We believe that every birthing person deserves a doula:

  • who knows birth and has seen it all

  • who champions your empowerment through evidence-based information to help you make the best decisions for you and your baby

  • who knows how to support you through the challenges and celebrates with you the many joys

  • who listens to you, trusts you, trusts your body, and your intuition

  • whose warm hands know just where to push to help ease the pain

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We believe that how birth happens, matters. We will help you to make a birth plan, and to plan for the unexpected. We promise to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that you have a good experience of giving birth, and that from day one, you feel empowered to step into parenthood smoothly and assuredly, with a strong community surrounding and supporting you.


Birth is Wild.
You Can Do This.
We’ve Got Your Back.

Evidence-based improvements in birth outcomes with doula support:

  • 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean

  • 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average

  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score

  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

(see the full article here: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/)

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  LABOR DOULA SERVICES

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WHAT A LABOR DOULA DOES:

Provides physical support - COMFORT

  • Touch — massage, acupressure, or with a rebozo

  • Hydrotherapy — warm shower or birth pool

  • Applying heat or cold for desired temperature

  • Creating a calm environment through music (or silence), adjusting lighting, and minimizing outside noise or talking

  • Assisting with walking, swaying, changing position

  • Offering water, ice, food, other comfort items

Provides emotional support - PROTECTED, EMPOWERED, CONFIDENT

  • Continuous presence throughout labor

  • Verbal encouragement, praise and reassurance (“normalizing” the experience)

  • Mirroring the birthing person’s experience and matching the feeling and tone

  • Remaining calm and steady, showing a caring attitude

  • Empathizing with the birthing person, supporting what they want

  • Talking through fears and self-doubt with birthing person and their partner

  • Re-framing circumstances to help birthing person view themselves and their situation more positively

  • Processing the birth story postpartum - empathizing and clarifying when appropriate

Provides informational support  - EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION

  • Multiple, thorough prenatal meetings to discuss all aspects of childbirth 

  • Help with creating a birth preferences document to provide to care providers

  • Providing resources and evidence-based information for making decisions throughout pregnancy and childbirth 

  • Guiding birthing person and their partner through labor with relaxation, breathing, movement and positioning techniques

  • Helping explain medical procedures before or as they occur, facilitating communication with care providers

  • Answer your questions about birth plans, home births and water births

Advocacy - “...supporting the birthing person in their right to make decisions about their own body and baby.” - www.evidencebasedbirth.com

  • Asking the birthing person what they want, and unconditionally supporting their decision 

  • Encouraging birthing person and their partner to ask questions, verbalize their preferences, and creating space to make unpressured decisions

  • Amplifying the birthing person’s voice if she is being dismissed, ignored, or not heard by the care providers “Excuse me - I believe she is trying to say something, I’m not sure if you heard her…”

 
WHAT A LABOR DOULA DOES NOT DO:

  • Provide medical diagnoses or perform procedures of any kind

  • Make judgments or offer personal opinions

  • Make decisions for you

  • Take the place of the partner

  • “Catch” the baby

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Postpartum Doula Services

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Postpartum Doula - The postpartum doula offers in-home care during the day or over night during the fourth trimester (0-3 months), including but not limited to:

  • Listening to/processing the birth story 

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Assists in birthing person’s recovery by offering resources, suggestions for healing, and supporting rest, hydration and nutrition

  • Newborn care - comforting, changing, feeding

  • Identifying symptoms of Postpartum Mood Disorders - providing professional resources

  • Sibling care

  • Light housework

  • Preparing nutritious meals

  • Encouraging self-care and offering massage, a long nap, an empathetic ear