Every Woman Deserves a
Yoly and I have the honor of being invited into the intimate arena of birth by our couples. We are Doulas.
Doula is a Greek word that means women assisting
women during the birthing experience. A Doula or Labor Support Person
accompanies a woman and her partner during her birth. She is there to
help educate the couple, thereby reducing the fear surrounding birth.
She supports the woman emotionally and physically but not medically.
She acts as a role model for the partner. The Doula is by no means
there to take the partners place but to enhance his participation. She
helps the couple gather information to make decisions. Her main purpose
is to help the birthing couple achieve their goals for birth and to
help make the birthing atmosphere loving and safe.
Research shows that when a woman has a Doula present during her birth:
Labor is shorter
Less cesarean births
Longer duration of breastfeeding
When a woman is nurtured during her pregnancy she is
better prepared and more confident in her ability to nurture her baby.
The mother/infant bond is the infantís first social relationship and a
strong bond leads to the development of independent, trusting, loving
babies, toddlers, teens, adults, and communities.
Women are empowered by the birthing process. Educated couples are
better prepared to advocate for the health and wellbeing of the mother
and newborn during pregnancy and birth.
We are DONA certified Doulas. DONA stands for Doulas of North America.
Doulas are educated in the birthing process and the application of
comfort measures that make for an easier birth. We may use relaxation,
massage, visualization, breathing techniques, music, and more for the
mother during her birth.
Women attending women during birth is a tradition that is centuries old.
Every woman deserves a calm, gentle birth.
For More information please contact:
Maggie Horn IBCLC, CD(DONA), HBCE, CIMI, CH
Yoly Leal Castellanos CD(DONA), CLC, HBCE, CIMI, CH
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