Doula? What is it?

 

A Doula is a person who cares for you, for your wellbeing and for you choices, in every setting.

Provides continuous physical and emotional, not-judgemental, unconditional and customised support.

A doula is a trained professional. I have been trained by JJ Doula in Amsterdam in 2014-2015 (now BiA).

Although the support I provide is primarily directed to the birthing person, I am there for the needs of the whole family.

A Doula can support before, during and/or after childbirth.

Equally important, a doula provides evidence based information to the person's requests. But also, addresses them to different practitioners of her network, when needed. My doula's network is rich of birth related professionals in Amsterdam and surroundings.

"Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life." - Ina May Gaskin

For all these reasons, a doula is a way of being. She guides birth people to get closer to and un-reveil their inner selves and wishes, trying to strengthen their resources to become leaders of their own choices.

How do I work as a doula?

 

In my previous career I worked as a Neuroscientist: the scientific method is inevitably part of who I am and how I work.
I can think of my doula work as a support in building your house:
1. I give you the material and the knowledge to build the foundations. These are evidence based information COMING FROM OFFICIAL PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS.
2. I propose different strategies to prepare for the birth and the post partum.
I give a special attention on training your INTUITION so you can play and build the house that you want. Knowing tough, that your intuition at this stage comes from and has solid roots on official evidence based information.
We can definitely say that a doula opens doors and creates bridges.

Top reasons to hire a Doula:

  • She is a source of information
  • helps with the intensity of labour
  • creates a team with the dad and other care providers to make the mother feels safe, comfortable, heard and relaxed
  • is a constant encouragement
  • is an unbiased support
  • nourishes both parents
  • Her presence and support decrease the rate of medical intervention (Borehn et al., 2017 - Cochrane Library) and increase the positive outcome of the birth (the Wendy effect)
  • helps in compiling birth wishes (the birth plan)
  • understands "birth language"
  • guides the mother to feel EMPOWERED

Certified doula from BiA Doula training (previously called JJ Doula Training)

Member of NBvD (Dutch professional association for Doula's)