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What is a Doula?
So what is a doula? The doula is a lot like the “tour guide” of birth additionally a “translator” of sorts between the medical staff and birthing family. A doula is a trained person who provides continuous one to one support to a woman during labour in addition to pre and post natal support. Doulas encourage informed consent and can enhance communication as part of the health care team between health care providers and birthing family. Doulas help to protect and serve as a reminder of decisions based on the families preferences with awareness of evidence based practices. A doula empowers women or birthing persons to be knowledgeable and able to verbalize their preferences and explore alternative options as they navigate the intricacies of pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn stage. Doulas are part of the health care team and work with the partner in order to support the birthing person physically with comfort measures, as well as emotionally. Doulas do not do any medical procedures or interventions.
Why do you need a DOULA? Doulas have been around since centuries gone by although todays doulas look different from traditiona or ancient doulas the benefits are undisputed. Having a doula present at a birth leads to increased self-esteem, improved bonding, smoother transition to parenting, decreased risk of interventions, less likely use of pain medication, greater satisfaction of care and birth experience, and generally more positive outcomes. Numerous studies have also indicated that there is no harm in having a doula present.
As I have been studying and learning about why doulas are important and why a positive birth experience is memorized the way it is. One thing that stands out significantly is how people remember giving birth. It is like an image forever sketched in their memory. Not only do they remember their birth stories and experiences, they remember greatly how they felt during it. I was a bit skeptical of this. And during my training was fortunate to have a planned dinner date with my 95 (at the time) year old grandma. So I asked her. It became apparent very quickly that this was entirely the case. Her eyes got kind of glassy as she embodied the memory of her 4 childrens births. She even remembered her nurses name. I asked several other aged women and yes, they could all recall. Not only have I tested this theory firsthand but researchers and theorists as well have solidified this realization. Giving birth is a life changing and impactful experience. Why would someone not want to set themselves up for success with such a momentous occasion.
Vicki has been fascinated with pregnancy and delivery since the age of adolescence. She had her own first child in 2008 and this fascination only grew. After suffering her own traumatic birth and postpartum adjustment difficulties this has become a passion of hers in helping women navigate not only these types of situations but any uncertainty or hesitation that comes for many with parenthood.
Vicki began on the path to becoming a doula in May of 2018 by taking the DONA international birth doula training. She completed her certification with this DONA international. For more information please see:
Vicki has had a variety of her own birth experience giving birth 5 times to her children ages 15, 12, 10, and 7. She also helped another family grow when she carried a surrogate baby and delivered him to his loving parents in April of 2018. As part of that process she has firsthand involvement dealing with individuals struggling with fertility, IVF processes, and miscarriage and pregnancy loss. These experiences have helped shaped her into the big hearted care provider she is. Which will undoubtedly serve to benefit you her client.
Vicki also works as a registered psychiatric nurse. She is interested in her 2 big (slightly unruly at times) rescue dogs Beck and Kipper, camping, swimming, gardening, happy planning, weightlifting, spending time with her horse and lizards, and of course spending time with her family.
Vicki’s true passion is maternal mental health which is a natural crossroads between her two jobs. She looks forward to watching her doula business and career evolve and she is full of hope for future projects and directions she plans to take.
Vicki recognizes that sometimes things don’t go as anticipates and feels true passion in helping families accept the circumstances they have, whether in the moment or after the fact. Every woman who wants one should have access to a doula, is a dream Vicki as well as the doula community strives towards.
Vicki looks forward to meeting you and learning your story, hopes and plans, and how she can be helpful and provide individualized care for you and your birthing family.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." - Osho