This web site is designed to help you learn more about birth doulas, who and what doulas are, and specifically what services I have to offer you through my business Heart and Hands Doula Services.

Support for the labouring mother/couple has come full circle. Historically, women have turned to other women for comfort and support during labour and birth. When birth moved into the hospital, this traditional support was lost. Today, obstetrical caregivers are recognizing the benefits of professional labour support. We now have come full circle, finding that the continuous care of a trusted woman provides comfort and confidence to the labouring mom and her partner. Today, doulas are fast becoming the newest members of the maternity care team.

Doula is a Greek word referring to another experienced woman who helps other women. The word has come to refer to a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family before, during and after childbirth.

My passion in life (other than raising my family) is to provide these professional labour services to families and to women like yourself. As a person who has given birth myself I believe it is one of the most awsome events God has especially created for women. Education and continuous support are the keys to achieving a natural birthing experience.

I encourage you to read through this web site. If you have a question that isn't answered here, or just want to chat about something relevant to your pregnancy, labour or postpartum - please feel free to contact me via email or phone.

What are the benefits of using a Doula?

Statistics show that using a trained Doula can have the following results:

  • Shorter labors
  • Reduced need for pain medication
  • Fewer episiotomies
  • 50% reduction in C-Sections
  • Healthier babies
  • Better mother- infant interaction
  • Greater satisfaction with the birth
  • Reduction in the use of artifical oxytocin
  • 40% reduction in the use of forceps
  • 60% reduction in the request of epidurals and more

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