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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)
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. She will continue to take repeat clients for now.
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A DOULA AT YOUR BIRTH
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.
With questions or to arrange a meeting, contact Wanda.
If you would like to learn more about what doulas do please come to the Piedmont Community Doulas, Meet the Doulas Night, the third Wednesday of every month. They meet at the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, 7pm, room 304. This free event is open to the public.
Up coming meetings will be:
April 18, 2018
June 20, 2018
July 18, 2018
August 15, 2018
September 19, 2018
Please let Wanda know if you plan on coming or have any questions.