Choosing a Doula is one of the most important decisions you can make when preparing for the birth of your child. My goal as your birth Doula is to provide you with emotional support, physical comfort measures and assist you and your partner in getting the informational support needed in order to make the best decisions possible. Studies have suggested that  obstetrical outcomes may improve when a women in labor receives consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement, and respect. In addition to the improved obstetrical outcomes, studies have also shown that the level of support given to a mother during labor, birth and in the immediate post- partum period following the birth, can strengthen or weaken her emotional ties with her child.  I would love the to speak with you and your family about your upcoming birth to discuss how I may help you in making this a positive birth experience.

A Doula's Role

Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth. The doula's role is to provide physical, emotional and informational support to mothers and their partners during labor and birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. Doulas may utilize massage, music, aromatherapy, visualization, breathing, and tips on positioning. She also assists families to gather information about the course of their labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional support and reassurance.
Research has shown that women who had doulas reported:

  • more successful
  • More maternal infant interaction
  • Less postpartum , anxiety and low self esteem
  • Perceives her baby to be above the standard baby
  • Overall more satisfaction with her birth experience

Studies have shown that having a doula present with a woman in labor can:
  • Reduce the need for medication by 35%
  • Reduce the need for medication forceps by 50%
  • Reduce the need for medication cesarean Section 51%
  • Reduce the length of labor by an average of 98 minutes

Doulas are the embodiment of women at work. Through the force of our , commitment to women, and our personalities, we are granted access into one of the most intimate and heightened moments in a woman's life: that of giving birth. A doula's job is to provide unending emotional and physical support (often literally holding up a mother as she labors) while negotiating the rocky terrain of hospital staff, family wishes and medical circumstances that surround birth. We’re committed to helping a woman have her needs met. We work hard intellectually as well as physically; and each time we begin our work, an amazing, passionate and fascinating story is just waiting to be told.

A woman in labor is highly vulnerable. Her most private body parts are exposed. She may sweat, tremble, moan or cry out while amongst strangers, she is often in an unfamiliar environment. If she is nurtured, treated with kindness and respect and feels like a participant, the positive impact is permanent. If she is treated without respect, if her efforts to maintain dignity and control are rebuffed that too can have a lifelong impact.
My goal is to help you have the birth you desire and deserve. I truly believe along with many other women that having a doula at my birth made an incredible positive difference. I believe the same can be true for you. I'd love to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to e-mail or call!

As a Doula I will:
  • Assist the mother and her partner/husband in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Recognize the mother’s goal of giving birth as she defines it.
  • Provide constant presence, encouragement and informational support throughout the entire labor and birth.
  • Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint to help the mother get the information she needs to make good decisions.
  • Ensure the partner/husband always remains the #1 in support and will be able to participate and be assisted and supported by the Doula as necessary and desired.

As a Doula I will not:
  • Discourage the mother from her choices. I will always respect & facilitate those choices. I do not have my own agenda. It's your birth.
  • I do not perform medical tasks such as fetal heart monitoring or vaginal exams
  • I cannot make decisions for you. I will help you in getting the information from your midwife/doctor and nurses so that you will be able to make informed decisions.
  • I will always provide guidance and support in helping you to acheive the birth you desire and that unfolds in your labor. It is not my way to create confrontation or hostility with any of your care providers. It is with much respect and creativity that we get you what you want and need and to assure that you are seen and heard.

Tracie Enis
(510) 798-7014