Heart and Hands Doula Care

Services Provided

Birth Doula Services
 
Birth Doula services include prenatal visits, assistance during labor and birth, immediate post birth assistance, postnatal visit with weight check for baby, assistance in writing birth goals, and unlimited phone calls, text messages, and emails.
 

Prenatal Education
 
Prepared Childbirth Education Classes
       Expecting families will learn about anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, the stages of labor and birth along with coping techniques and comfort measures, such as relaxation and positions for labor and birth for pain management.
 
Breastfeeding Class
     Expecting families will learn the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers.  Techniques for latching and positioning to get breastfeeding off to a good start will be discussed.  Breast pump information is also included in this class.
 
Baby Care Class
      Expecting families will learn about diapering, bathing, and how to swaddle their baby.  Information on baby equipment and car seat safety is also included.
 

 
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

 There are many ways to cope with the pain of childbirth. Certainly, an epidural or other pain medication can help to ease the discomfort. For women who don't want to take medicine, there are many natural methods and techniques that can help a woman to take her mind off of the pain and to work through the contractions. One such tool is a TENS machine.

How Does a TENS Machine Help with Labor?

The stimulation that you receive in these four specific areas on your back feels like pins and needles. It affects how pain signals are sent to the brain and they stimulate the body to produce even more natural painkillers, known as endorphins. The machine can be set at many levels, allowing the user to direct the amount of stimulation received.

The Benefits of Using a TENS Machine

The beauty of a TENS machine is that it helps the laboring woman to cope with the pain of childbirth in a medical free way. There are no drugs involved with using this device and no result whatsoever on the baby. You can be completely mobile while using it and can feel in control of the amount of stimulation you receive from the device.

  

  
Birth Pool
 

What are the potential benefits of water birth?

Benefits for Mother:

  • Water is soothing, comforting, relaxing.
  • In the later stages of labor, the water seems to increase the woman’s energy.
  • The buoyancy lessens her body weight, allows free movement and new positioning.
  • Buoyancy promotes more efficient uterine contractions and better blood circulation, resulting in better   oxygenation of the uterine muscles, less pain for the mother, and more oxygen for the baby.
  • Immersion in water often helps lower high blood pressure caused by anxiety.
  • Water seems to alleviate stress-related hormones, allowing the mother’s body to produce endorphins, which are pain-inhibitors.
  • Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, which reduces the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for an episiotomy and stitches.
  • As the laboring women relaxes physically she is able to relax mentally, concentrating her efforts inward on the birth process.
  • The water provides a sense of privacy, which releases inhibitions, anxiety, and fears.

Benefits for Baby:

  • Provides a similar environment as the amniotic sac.
  • Eases the stress of the birth, providing reassurance and security.
 
Birth Doula Trainer
 
I am a Birth Doula Trainer approved by DONA International (Doulas of North America).  Trainings are offered twice a year though DACO Inc. (Doula Association of Central Oklahoma) www.dacoinc.org.
 
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