What is a Doula?
A Doula, or Birth Assistant as they are otherwise known, offers assistance in many ways
- Offers practical suggestions or comfort, pain management, and to enhance the progress of labor
- Helps ease the transition to the hospital, ensuring continuity of care through changing nursing shifts and alternating physician or midwife schedules
- Serves as a liaison between the laboring couple and their medical care providers to facilitate communication and decision making
- Meets with expectant couples during pregnancy to understand their plans for the birth and to offer resources and information
- Is someone who understands and trusts the process of birth, and who has experience and training in providing labor support
- Encourages and supports the informed choices of her clients and serves women giving birth in a variety of settings
- Works with family to inspire confidence in a woman’s ability to give birth in her own best way
The following doulas have been trained through Southwest Technical College and/or Well-Rounded Maternity Services, under the instruction of Coral Slavin. They have met all of the requirement for certification through Well-Rounded Maternity Services.