Doula Services


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Doula \ˈdü-lə\ –  a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

photo courtesy of Adam Gori

Wanda Sundermann is a certified doula, ICD, through ICEA. She has been a practicing doula in the triangle area since 1990. She has attended over 600 births, in hospitals, homes and birth centers. In combining her skills as a massage therapist and birth doula she offers birthing couples comprehensive support for their birth.

Wanda is no longer accepting new doula clients.


Research shows that having a doula at births can reduce the length of labor, decrease the use of epidurals, pitocin, c-section and forceps delivery. (Kennell, et al, 1991)

Also, having a doula at your birth can improve your relationship with your partner in the months after the birth. (Hofmeyer, et al, 1991: Wolman, 1993).

Having a doula at a birth can help the woman and her partner in a variety of ways. Some of those are:

  • Help the woman find positions that can be more comfortable for labor.
  • Help the woman and her partner establish relaxation-inducing breathing patterns.
  • Reassure the couple that the intensity of labor is normal.
  • Help them stay at home as long as possible where the mother feels most relaxed and comfortable.
  • Offer massage and counter pressure to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Give the partner a chance to take a break.
  • Give the partner ideas on how he or she can support the mother.
  • Help the couple decide when it is time to leave for the birth center or hospital.
  • Help the couple get the information they need to make decisions about interventions that might be suggested.
  • Be a trained observer in the birthing room.
  • Help with the first breastfeeding experience.
  • Take pictures.
  • Bring food and drinks to the mother and partner.

Lily looks at Ann and Colby

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