When you search online a lot of definitions come up, but they all boil down to this: a doula is a person who is trained to assist a woman and her partner during childbirth and to support the family after the baby is born.
Great, but what does that really mean?
A National Capital Doula is a real person who has been trained in all aspects of childbirth and postpartum, who is comfortable around birth and babies. We support you in every aspect, no matter what you choose. This includes your choice of care provider and birthing location, comfort measures and pain management options, birth at home with a midwife to a planned cesarean section in a hospital, and everything in between, bottle feeding and breastfeeding.
We do not take things personally and we do not bring our opinions and biases into your birthing space. Every decision you make is right for you and we support you 100%.
For postpartum, we work with you to figure out what help you need. We can offer suggestions and have a checklist we give our clients, but we know that things change quickly and what you want one day might be completely different from what you want the next. One shift we may spend the entire time going over the birth experience and another we may have a baby strapped to our chest while we prepare food and do laundry while mom sleeps. It’s up to you.
We can wait to meet you!