Hi, I'm Miss Sally! I am a trained labor support specialist and am a trained Doula through International Doula Institute. I continue my education through regular training and hands-on experiences in the birthing community.
I am currently on pause from taking any births.
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I am trauma-informed and draw on her knowledge and experience to provide emotional support and physical comfort. I facilitate communication with medical staff to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions during labor.
I help provide reassurance and perspective to you the parent, make suggestions to help labor progress, and to help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort and wellness.
I have studied herbalism and can suggest herbal remedies to the best of my knowledge, informing you of any side effects and contraindications that I am aware of.
**Disclaimer** I am not qualified to prescribe medication of any kind and it is you the client to research said herbal remedies with the understanding that they have some varied effects on people.
Other birth and postpartum services that I can provide are Reiki and Meditation:
Reiki has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy and childbirth. Reiki been has shown to reduce trauma responses in the body, reduce labor and birthing pain, and reduce instances of new or reoccurring trauma. Reiki also benefits bonding, and milk flow through stress reduction. Reiki coupled with mindful meditations can help with positive affirmations and visualizations during pregnancy, birth, and labor. Reikie and meditation do not manipulate the body in any way so it poses no threat to the birthing parent or baby.
A doula is NOT like a midwife. A doula does not provide any medical care, or advice. There are some doulas who have multiple fields which including herbalism and nursing, which may allow for medical/herbal prescriptions. However, this is not the main realm for a doula.
A doula is NOT just like another family member who is there to help. Doulas are trained in evidence-based information around birth. They are trained in reducing the pain - fear - tension cycle.
Studies show doulas CAN promote:
25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Doulas CAN help facilitate more bonding between birthing parent and partner during the birthing process. A doula CAN allow for a partner to rest so that they have the energy to bond and be supportive during the birth process.
A doula is a part of your birth team, which includes a trained baby "catcher"(midwife or OB), your partner/family member/friend, labor and delivery nurses, and lactation specialists.