The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced birth professional. The role of a doula is to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labour and childbirth. Doulas offer help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning. Perhaps the most crucial role for doulas is to provide continuous emotional reassurance and comfort to the labouring mother.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labours are shorter with fewer complications or need for intervention, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Women also report greater satisfaction with their birth experience and have less postpartum depression.
Naturopathic Doula Care
While a doula is able to provide valuable emotional and physical support, a naturopathic doula has many more tools for support. Due to the broad scope of practice of an ND, I am able to provide support before, during and after the birth to help mothers prepare both physically and mentally for birth in order to have the most positive birth experience possible.
As a naturopathic doula I have quite a few tricks in my "doula bag" to help you cope with labour. These include:
- Acupressure (and even acupuncture!) for labour pain - Homeopathic remedies, which can help you cope both physically and emotionally - Massage techniques to get you through the most intense contraction
Many of my doula clients are also pleased to learn that as a naturopathic doctor I am able to provide a continuity of care after the birth and help women address common postpartum issues such as:
- postpartum mood disturbances ("baby blues") and postpartum depression - postpartum healing (tears, swelling, joint pain...etc) - breastfeeding support (latching, engorgement, mastitis...etc) - infant care (reflux, colic, gas...etc)
Fees: Click here to contact Dr. Streich to inquire about Naturopathic Doula care package details and pricing. Please note that coverage for naturopathic medicine can be applied towards a portion Naturopathic Doula services.