What is a Doula?

The word Doula is an ancient Greek word for Woman-Servant. In our modern birthing culture it refers to a professionally trained woman who provides support to the laboring family. This support is often described as unconditional, emotional, physical, and informational support.

Why Hire a Doula?

The process of labor and birthing creates a vulnerable time in a couple’s relationship and the growth of the family. The support of a Doula can ease the transition with both emotional and physical comfort measures. The pressure is taken off the couple to remember everything and they can focus on each other and the task at hand. The Doula is there to answer questions, act as your advocate and create confidence. All members of the family are served by the Doula.

Birth is a transitional experience encompassing mind, body, and spirit. Calm assurance from a Doula allows a woman to build confidence in her body’s abilities. During pregnancy we are available to our clients to answer questions and discuss concerns. We can provide nurturing and practical information and help you clarify your desires about birth and newborn care. We will help you prepare by teaching you how to communicate your desires with your care providers. During labor and birth we will suggest and implement practical ways to cope with the challenges of labor and birth so the mother and family will feel more relaxed and in control. After labor and birth we are available to provide the continued emotional and informational support that can make the difference in your baby’s first weeks of life.

Doula Advantages

  • Studies show that women who are accompanied by a Doula in childbirth
  • Have lower rates of Caesarean
  • Are often more satisfied with their birth experiences
  • Feel more confident
  • Are more likely to interact closely with their infants
  • Less likely to have postpartum depression
  • Mothers who are cared for by Doulas are much more likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding, and have fewer newborns with complications

 Meet the Doulas – Come join us the 2nd Saturday of every month to find out more about doulas, ask any and all of your questions about doulas and maybe even find the perfect doula for you!

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

RSVP – pregnancyparker@gmail.com

Pregnancy Wellness Center of Parker has created a referral list of Birth and Postpartum Doulas.  The Doulas listed here must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be currently certified (unless noted that they are working towards certification)
  • Must work within the doula scope of practice and never outside of it
  • Must pass a background check
Although these doulas meet our requirements to be listed here, they are interviewed, hired, and paid by the families that they work with.

 

 

 

Nancy Hampton ~ Owner/Certified Birth Doula

Nancy Hampton, CD(DONA)

Nancy is a certified Birth Doula through DONA International.

Nancy has the background and experience to address your concerns fully about the transitions your family will face as you prepare for birth.  She offers gentle, loving support to families who are striving for a smooth and peaceful childbirth experience, regardless of the setting you choose: Hospital, Birth Center, or Home.

Nancy is passionate about helping couples understand all of their choices in birth.  She is also qualified in supporting moms and dads who have prepared for their births through classes in HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method, and mothers who want the benefits of a HypnoBirthing® trained Doula.

To read more about Nancy and what her services include, please click here.

 

 

   

 

Megan Reynolds ~ Certifying Birth Doula

Megan Reynolds, certifying doula, DONA

Megan Reynolds, certifying doula, (DONA)

Megan is a certifying Birth Doula through DONA International.  She is a fourth generation native of Colorado.  Megan has been in the medical field for 15 years.  She has the knowledge and compassion for you and your family during your birth and delivery process. She works with women and families from all walks of life, anywhere from the ideal pregnancy and delivery to women/families expecting babies with special needs and all the emotions you may face along your journey.  Megan also has a special interest in helping moms through labor that are placing their baby up for adoption.

If you would like to set up an interview with Megan, please contact her at 303-949-2802 or e-mail her at yourbirthyourway@live.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Butler ~ Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

Carolyn Butler

Carolyn Butler, Certified (DONA) Doula

As a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, I serve families during the critical times before, during and after the birth of a new family member.  I have always been passionate about women taking an active role in their healthcare and find that this is even more important during pregnancy, through the birth process and the postpartum period.  I provide the much needed emotional, educational and physical support to ensure that this time is the best it can be.  During the prenatal period, I provide the parents all the information they need to make informed choices about their upcoming birth as well as training in comfort techniques and coping measures to use during labor.  I am present for all the labor and delivery and at least one hour postpartum to assist with bonding and breastfeeding.

To read more about Carolyn and her services, please click here.

 

 

Erika Jones ~ Certified Postpartum Doula and Certifying Birth Doula

Erika Jones

Erika Jones

Erika Jones is an early childhood development specialist, Certified Postpartum Doula and Labor Doula, a Certified Lactation Educator, and mother of two. She is also BLS and didactic CPR certified for healthcare providers by the American Heart Association. A former elementary school teacher, she was drawn to this work after the powerful births in 2006 and 2011. Erika completed her initial birth and postpartum training with Ana Hill and through the CAPPA organization. She went on to complete her lactation training with Laurel Wilson and deepened her capacity to nurture and connect with couples and their babies, reaffirming her belief of the mother’s instinctual knowledge of how to birth. Erika continues to acquire the latest in research-based information to practice and to pass on to each family. With a background in education, she brings warmth and a sense of humor to her clients. Now the mother of two, Erika lives in Colorado and happily travels to Douglas County, the entire Denver metro area, and beyond. “I am so grateful that I get to experience this very special time in birth and Postpartum with moms.” phone: 720-937-2001

 
 

Cindi Turchik ~ Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

Cindi Turchik, CD(DONA)

Cindi Turchik, CD(DONA)

My philosophy:
I am a fear buster for laboring women!! Once the fear is gone, what shows up is a strong powerful woman, capable of experiencing the birth of her dreams. Once accomplished, this serves as a bridge of confidence in our new role, as we give birth and simultaneously become mothers. In the Postpartum setting I provide on-going breast feeding support along with education and guidance for new parents by assisting them in quickly learning their newborn, using specific techniques for sleep positions, sleep training, learning the language of newborns and product selection. In the postpartum setting my goal is to help parents feel confident and thereby reducing the stress level, which ultimately helps to increase the happiness of all members of the family, in those beginning days/weeks of learning the needs of the newborn.

To read more about Cindi, please click here>>>

 

 

Christine Cavelea ~ Certifying Birth Doula

Christine Cavelea

Christine Cavelea

I am a Certifying Labor Doula, a Pregnancy Wellness Coach, and a Licensed Registered Professional Nurse with 16 years Labor and Delivery and Level II Special Care Nursery experience. I especially enjoy working with the high risk pregnancy couples. I help to empower you, the pregnant couple, through informing, visioning, planning and upholding your desires through the labor process. During labor I create and maintain a calm, supportive environment encouraging mental visualization and total body relaxation to allow the contractions to be more effective in a shorter amount of time. After delivery, I assist with the bonding, latching, and breastfeeding; leaving you to enjoy your new baby when you feel comfortable and confident. At the follow up home visit a detailed, labor and delivery keepsake is presented, created by the documentation of special moments, photos, and comments shared during the labor process.

Please contact Christine at 720-432-3060 or Chris@AlternativeHealthStyles.com

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