Hiring a doula to provide labour support (and often prenatal preparation and help after the birth as well) is an option that many women find attractive. There are many doulas and doula practices in the Edmonton area.
Doula is a Greek word which has come to mean:
"A woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth."
- Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
- Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout labour and delivery.
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of the woman in labour.
- Assists a woman and her partner is preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
- Provides emotional support, physical guidance and comfort techniques, an objective viewpoint, and information to aid in decision making.
- Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner, and the other care providers.
- Complements the care provided by her partner, other family members and friends
Many organizations offer doula training and certification. The largest and original organization is Doulas of North America (DONA). DONA was founded in 1992 by Penny Simkin, Annie Kennedy, Drs Marshall & Phyllis Klaus, and Dr. John Kennell after they finished a large research study which showed the value and importance of a doula.
Other certifying bodies include CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association), Birth Works (TM), and Birthing From Within (TM). Most trainings include a weekend course with follow-up homework and hands-on experience for those who want to become certified.
Anyone can act as labour support, as many friends and relatives have done, however the training prepares doulas to offer quality emotional, physical, and educational support to women and their families during childbirth and postpartum. Certification is a further step that some doulas follow if they are planning to continue working as a professional doula. In some areas, there are hospital volunteer-doula programs, but so far doulas are not regulated by governments anywhere in North America.
Following are links to the websites of some local doulas. ASAC does not endorse any particular doula, and strongly recommends that you interview a doula before engaging their services. If you need help or suggestions preparing for an interview, please contact ASAC at 780-425-7993. For the names of more doulas, contact the Doula Association of Edmonton.
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With a special interest in supporting families considering home birth, Nancy Johnson has been nurturing families through pregnancy, birth, and beyond as a prenatal, birth, and postpartum doula in the Edmonton area. Her own family has enjoyed three generations of home birth, and she is passionate about helping other families reclaim birth and make it uniquely their own. She also teaches natural childbirth preparation classes and offers breastfeeding support.
Blossoming Bellies Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Services (Edmonton)
Niko Palmer is a certified birth doula, a childbirth educator and a placenta encapsulation specialist. She has been serving families in Edmonton and area since 2009 and has a passion for pregnancy and birth. She has 4 children that were all born at home with midwives. For more information on her services, contact her at 780-965-6585 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.blossomingbellies.ca
Doula Connections is a group of DONA-trained and certified doulas and CAPPA childbirth educators dedicated to improving the birth experience of pregnant women and their families in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Contact Monica Lipscombe CD(DONA)CCCE at 780-459-4357 or email at email@example.com
Full Circle Birth Collective (Edmonton)
Suzanne Moquin is a U of A graduate with a BA and a B Ed. She and her husband have 2 children, ages 16 & 20. She is DONA's Birth Doula Trainer since 2007, living in Edmonton, Alberta. She has been a Certified Doula since 1998 and is also a Childbirth Educator, teaching small group private prenatal classes. Excellent feedback received! She is well known and respected in all of the Edmonton Area hospitals, and is a Doula Representative for the Regional Women's Health Program Council. Her experiences with birth include: home birth, unmedicated hospital birth, epidural births, VBAC's and caesarean births. Suzanne can be reached at 780-440-6105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Karen is a certified birth doula with DONA International, and owner of New Beginnings Doula Service. She works with the Terra Association supporting teen parents, and was voted doula of the year for 2006. Karen is a member of DONA International, the Canadian Doula Association, the Doula Association of Edmonton, and ASAC. Karen is an experienced doula, and has been attending births since 1983. She works in all Edmonton and area hospitals including Wetaskiwin, Stony Plain (midwifery program), and St. Albert. Karen has experience with natural unmedicated birth, birth complications, caesarean sections, VBAC births, and water births. Karen is happily married with five children - three sons and two daughters ranging in age from 22 - 12 years old. Karen had all of her children with absolutely no drugs or interventions of any kind. Karen has a solid belief that women can birth their babies naturally - with the right preparation.
Nurturing Touch Doula Services has proudly been nurturing families through pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period since 1998. We are pleased to be offering our services in Calgary and the surrounding area.
Ricky Issler has had the privilege of attending births as a DONA Certified Birth Doula since 2010. She brings a calm, confident, non-judgmental, and supportive presence to a birthing mother and her partner both prenatally and during the birth as her testimonials affirm:http://www.comfortinghandsdoula.com/testimonials/. She is also a Hypno-Doula and Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor, teaching prenatal classes in Edmonton and Beaumont to couples wanting to prepare for the birth of their child using a slightly different approach. Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education that also teaches moms self-hypnosis techniques to enable them to have a very comfortable and empowering birth experience, wherever they choose to give birth. Learn more about Hypnobabies here:http://www.comfortinghandsdoula.com/what-is-hypnobabies/what-is-hypnobabies/. Becoming a Reiki Master is what eventually led Ricky to follow her calling and pursue doula work (after 20 years in a previous career). She has never looked back and is strongly supported by her husband and two children.
Luciddream Photography Inc.
Michelle Bressler is a professionally trained photographer specializing in birth photography who has grown a passion for birth. She is now a DONA trained doula and accepting doula clients. She is looking forward to helping moms and families welcome their little ones into loving arms. For more information, visit www.luciddream.ca.
Strength in Numbers Doula Services Alyssa Weber is a birth doula in the Edmonton area (located in Devon, AB) and also offers her services as a Child Safety Seat Technician to her clients. Her passion is to support healthy, natural birth and the strength and empowerment of birthing women. There is no better start to life for a child than into an environment of security, safety and love. To find out more, contact email@example.com
Jennifer Wilson, Solstice Sunrise Doula Support, SBD
"Uplifting and informative care for women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transformation."
Stillbirthday certified Birth and Bereavement support (*bereavement services are entirely volunteered). Offering EFT coaching, meditative birth mandala workshops, belly casting services and custom artworks, henna tattoos, mother blessing ceremonies, on-call labour support, postpartum care packages.
Tantra recognizes conception, pregnancy, birth, and child rearing as gateways to spiritual growth. Solstice Sunrise Doula Support is driven by a desire to preserve the integrity of this transformational event in your life. I am passionate about women's energy medicie, EFT therapies, and art meditation. I believe I have found a unique way to interweave these passions in to my birth and bereavement doula care.
Jennifer Wilson, SBD
Central Alberta Doulas Inc. (Red Deer & Central Alberta)
Central Alberta Doulas offers more then just birth doula support, we also offer postpartum doula support and childbirth education/prenatal classes. We sell birth pools, rebozos and SleepBelts. And we offer classes on different pregnancy and parenting subjects, such as newborns 101, babywearing, carseat safety, belly painting, decorating the nursery on a budget and more!
When looking for doula support you will want qualified caring individuals to meet your customized needs. Central Alberta Doulas Inc. is an innovative agency with doulas of various qualifications, additional training and specialties; all who are trained thru internationally recognized organizations, must do continuing education every year and work within our scope of standards. Our services include birth and postpartum support, an extensive lending library, classes and support for one year after birth. We specialize in multiple births, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBACs), and have experience with many other birthing circumstances. We partner with you to assure your comfort, peace of mind and a healthy positive experience. We are devoted to high standards of doula care and will exceed your expectations of expertise.
http://www.centralalbertadoulas.com firstname.lastname@example.org 403-396-3747