Meet the Doulas
Join other new and expectant parents once a month to learn about the benefits of doula services (birth and postpartum). Each Meet the Doulas Night includes an overview of what doulas do, the benefits of doula services, and how to find the right doula for you. Birth and postpartum doulas from the community participate to answer parentsí questions. Time will also be provided for parents to meet individually with doulas.
Please register through YogaReg at least three days prior to the date you plan to attend. Please let us know your due date, your phone number, and if you are interested in learning about Birth and/or Postpartum Doulas.
Meet the Doulas Night is a community service provided by Blossom. Blossom does not endorse specific doulas.
About Professional Birth & Postpartum Doulas
A birth doula, or childbirth assistant, offers non-medical, one-to-one care during pregnancy and the birth of your baby. This service makes available the nurturing care and support that traditional obstetrical care isn't always able to provide. A postpartum doula provides care for the family after the baby is born.
Blossom maintains relationships with many of the trained and certified doulas in the community, and we can assist you in finding a doula that meets your needs. Please visit our provider list for names of birth doulas and postpartum doulas in our community.
A birth doula supports
you and your partner by providing the knowledge, comfort, and education
necessary for a fulfilling birth experience, using techniques such as:
This doula support allows the laboring woman's partner a greater sense of relaxation, and therefore an increased ability to care for the mother-to-be on an emotional level.
Clinical studies show the benefits of working with a birth doula include:
Other benefits include:
Your birth doula will meet with you prenatally, offer phone support, provide early labor support in your home, and work with you throughout active labor and birth in your chosen setting. She will make at least one follow-up visit during your early postpartum period. Blossom Birth Services has a number of referrals for trained doulas in Palo Alto and its neighboring communities. Please see our Provider List.
Postpartum doulas can be a great resource after the birth of your baby. Most postpartum doulas will come in for 3 to 6 hours a day, 2 or more days per week, for 2 to 10 weeks. They provide breastfeeding support, meals, help with newborn tasks, errands, and most anything else that helps a household run smoothly. They do not take over care of the baby, nor do they do heavy housecleaning tasks. Having someone who is familiar with newborns come to your home on a regular basis can be very reassuring especially in the first weeks after your baby is born.
Doulas Wanting to Attend Meet the Doula Night :
To join us as a professional Doula for Meet the Doula Night, please join our Yahoo Group to receive all the MTDN invitations in the Bay Area covering the THREE Peninsula & the South Bay events/ locations. To join this group, please visit: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mtdn/ and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to join our group. This group is ONLY for invitations to local MTDN events.
You must RSVP to one of these invitations to be considered for attendance. The roster for each event is not first come, first served, but more fairly based on recent attendance so that every doula has a chance to attend. Blossom/ BABI members receive priority over non-members.
To join Blossom's Provider List, just follow the directions on our Provider Page.
To join BABI, visit their website here: www.bayareabirthinfo.org/Default.aspx?pageId=472747
Birth Doula Training:
Blossom will be offering a DONA-approved Doula Training in April 2013. Click Here for more info.
|Last updated: 4/9/13 JL|