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Standards of Practice:
To honor the doula profession at all times and practice with a heart of service.
To guarantee client's privacy.
To serve in a non-judgmental, compassionate and professional manner.
To respect for all birth professionals involved in client's care (nurses, doctors, midwives).
To provide the same level back-up in a circumstance that primary doula is not available.
The word doula comes from ancient Greek and is used to refer to a professional who is experienced in prenatal care, childbirth, newborn care and postpartum recovery. They provide continuous support to a new mother and her family not only during the birth, but before and after as well. It is one of the oldest jobs in the world, for centuries women have trusted mothers that have gone through birth and motherhood before them in cultures all over the world.
Research has shown that doulas decrease the need for unnecessary medical interventions and increase mother and family birth satisfaction. The presence of a doula has also been proven to increase infant bonding, decrease postpartum depression, and increase positive breastfeeding outcomes.
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Want to join our team or become a Doula, Birth Consultant or a Newborn Care Specialist? Ideal Birth doulas are well respected among doctors, midwives, nurses and other professionals in the birth community.
"...every effort should be made to ensure that all laboring women receive support...this support should include continuous presence (when wished by the mother), the provision of hands-on comfort, and praise and encouragement." ~A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth ~Enkin, Keirse, Renfrew, and Neilson.