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 Dr. Streich is able to provide support before, during and after the birth to help the mother prepare herself both physically and mentally for the birth and have a more positive birth experience overall.
As a naturopathic doctor and doula Dr. Streich utilizes all of the naturopathic modalities such as acupuncture/acupressure, homeopathy, herbal medicine and massage techniques to help women cope with labour. Many doula clients are also pleased to learn that as a naturopathic doctor Dr. Streich is able to provide a continuity of care after the birth and often helps women address common postpartum issues such as:
- postpartum mood disturbances and postpartum depression - postpartum healing - breastfeeding support - infant care
Fees: Click here to send an email to Dr. Streich to inquire about Naturopathic Doula care package details and pricing. Please note that coverage for naturopathic medicine can sometimes be applied towards a portion Naturopathic Doula services.