Dalia Yanai is a Certified Doula CD(DONA), who's attended 30 births in Golden since 2009. Currently Dalia is not taking on any clients.
My services include:
Prenatal meetings; in which I assist expectant parents in understanding their options and formulating their birth preferences, and help them prepare for the birth of their baby, providing information, education and teaching comfort measures and non-medical pain management.
Birth support; continuous support throughout labour and the immediate postpartum period. The doula's unique role is partly in being a constant presence during labour - whether at home or in the hospital.
Postpartum meeting; in which I give you your printed Birth-Story, I get to cuddle the baby and talk to you about the birth experience, as well as look at any issues you may have after the birth.
I encourage you to go to the DONA.org website for more information about the Doula's special role. The following information is adapted from the DONA International position paper.
References from moms and dads are available upon request! You are welcome to check out my profile and availability on DoulaMatch - you can also leave a testimonial there....
You can watch an interview with me here.
What is a Doula?
Doulas (also called Childbirth assistants, Labor Support Professionals, Birth Assistants or Birth Companions) provide emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, labor, birth and the immediate postpartum.
Literally the word Doula, which comes from Greek, means a woman caregiver of another woman.
What does the Doula do?
Birth doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth, although they may or may not have given birth themselves. The doula’s role is to provide physical and emotional support and assistance in gathering information for women and their partners during labor and birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement, and positioning. She also assists the woman and her partner to become informed about the course of her labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort.
Doulas specialize in non-medical skills and do not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate monitoring. Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions, or give medical advice. Most importantly, doulas do not make decisions for their clients; they do not project their own values and goals onto the laboring woman.
The doula’s goal is to help the woman have a safe and satisfying childbirth as the woman defines it. When a doula is present, some women feel less need for pain medications, or may postpone them until later in labor; however, many women choose or need pharmacological pain relief. It is not the role of the doula to discourage the mother from her choices. The doula helps her become informed about various options, including the risks, benefits and accompanying precautions or interventions for safety. Doulas can help maximize the benefits of pain medications while minimizing their undesirable side effects. The comfort and reassurance offered by the doula are beneficial regardless of the use of pain medications.
The Doula and the Partner Work Together
The woman’s partner (the baby’s father or another loved one) is essential in providing support for the woman. A doula cannot make some of the unique contributions that the partner makes, such as a long-term commitment, intimate knowledge of the woman and love for her and her child. The doula is there in addition to, not instead of, the partner. Ideally, the doula and the partner make the perfect support team for the woman, complementing each other’s strengths.
In the 1960s, the earliest days of fathers’ involvement in childbirth, the expectation was that they would be intimately involved as advisors, coaches and decision-makers for women. This turned out to be an unrealistic expectation for most men because they had little prior knowledge of birth or medical procedures and little confidence or desire to ask questions of medical staff. In addition, some men felt helpless and distressed over the women’s pain and were not able to provide the constant reassurance and nurturing that women needed. With a doula present, the pressure on the father is decreased and he can participate at his own comfort level. Fathers often feel relieved when they can rely on a doula for help; they enjoy the experience more. For those fathers who want to play an active support role, the doula assists and guides them in effective ways to help their loved ones in labor. Partners other than fathers (lovers, friends, family members) also appreciate the doula’s support, reassurance and assistance
Training and Certification
Doula training focuses on the emotional needs of women in labor and non-medical physical and emotional comfort measures. The programs require that participants have some prior knowledge, training and experience relating to childbirth, and consists of an intensive two or three day seminar, including hands-on practice of such skills as relaxation, breathing, positioning and movements to reduce pain and enhance labor progress, touch, and other comfort measures.
For certification, the doula must have a background of work and education in the maternity field, or she must observe a series of childbirth classes or equivalent. She must also complete the following: a doula workshop course offered by a DONA Approved Doula Trainer, a breastfeeding requirement, required reading, development of a resource list for her clients, an essay that demonstrates understanding of the integral concepts of labor support and a Basic Knowledge Self Assessment Test. Lastly, she provides positive evaluations from clients, doctors or midwives and nurses along with detailed observations from a minimum number of births.
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