Doula Services

(Serra is expecting baby #2 in June 2015 and the timing of resuming her doula practice is unknown at this point. She wholeheartedly recommends the Chico Doula Circle and Sara Gordon at the Nest)

"We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong." - Laura Stavoe Harm

Why Have a Doula?

In modern times birth has become increasingly impersonal. Hospitals see large volumes of patients. Hospital staff are typically friendly and courteous, but often lack the time to provide the undivided attention a woman and her partner may desire during the birth of their child. A woman in labor should feel safe, comfortable and fully at ease. These conditions are hard to meet with hospital staff who are complete strangers, bright lights and confusion about various machines, apparatus and drugs that may be introduced during your labor. The quality of the environment and the faith of those around her help a woman let go and tune in to her body's inherent wisdom to give birth. As a doula, Serra attempts to help bridge this gap.

What is a Doula?

The word "doula" comes from ancient Greek, meaning woman caregiver and has now come to mean a "professional labor assistant" or "labor coach" who is hired by an expecting couple to provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a birthing woman and her partner before, during, and after childbirth.

Serra gets to know a woman and her birth partner and/or family long before the birth. She understands their unique needs and desires for their birth experience. She is familiar with the birth process and trusts in a woman's ability to give birth on her own terms. Serra can help normalize the experience for partners and families. She is trained to know "tricks" for coping and helping labor progress smoothly, and perhaps most importantly, she holds a space of reverence for the miracle and the depth of each extraordinary birth experience, rather than seeing birthing women as another "patient".

Benefits of a Doula

When a doula is present during childbirth there is a significant decrease in interventions including:

Beneficial results are also evident postpartum, including babies with fewer health problems, breastfeeding is more successful, and less chance of postpartum depression.

(Source: International Childbirth Education Association)

Doula services

As your doula, Serra is "on-call" during the weeks surrounding your due date. Doula support may begin in early labor at home and/or active labor and continues through and immediately following delivery.