Turiya Yoga & Childbirth Services

Turiya Yoga & Childbirth Services

“There is a light that shines beyond all light on Earth and all radiance. That is the light within us.” — Chandogya Upanishad

Southlake, TX
(817) 381-9642

Doula Services

What is a Birth Doula?

The word, "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.*"
(* "Mothering the Mother" — Klaus, Kennell and Klaus)

My job as your doula is to help you and your partner have the birth that you desire by empowering and supporting you in your personal choices and decisions when it comes to the birth of your child. My role during your birth depends on you and your individual needs. I believe that a strong support system for mothers is one of the best ways to help mothers cope with the natural, normal yet demanding process of childbirth and help a laboring woman to achieve the birth she desires. I look forward to talking with you more about how I can be a part of your labor support team.

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A Doula…

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care givers
  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.

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Advantages of Using a Doula

There has been a lot of research on the impact that having a doula has on a woman. Findings suggest that introducing a doula during labor may improve the bond between the mother and infant and decreases the incidence of complications. There are reports that breastfeeding is also enhanced. Women who have a doula express greater satisfaction with their birth experiences and even experience improvement in their self-esteem.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • feel more secure and cared for
  • are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • have greater success with breastfeeding
  • have greater self-confidence
  • have less postpartum depression
  • have lower incidence of abuse
  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications

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Our Doula Services Include:

  • Free initial interview
  • One to two prenatal visits
  • 24 hour on-call support, including phone and email contact for all questions & concerns
  • Assistance in creating a birth plan
  • Counsel and advice on positioning for labor and alternative relief techniques such as massage, hot/cold therapy, vocalization, visualization, and hydrotherapy
  • Continuous emotional and physical support throughout labor, birth and immediate postpartum
  • Breastfeeding preparation, information and support
  • Postpartum phone and email follow-up
  • A postpartum visit to discuss your birth and assist with any needs you may have

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