If you have a baby on the way, you have probably never Googled so much in your life. There is so much to consider, and at some stage, as the baby bump grows, you might consider you need a doula.
A doula is a person who provides emotional and physical comfort and support during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum care. They may work together with your partner, support person, midwife, and doctor. Doulas don’t provide medical care.
Having a doula can help the birthing experience be more positive and enjoyable. Luckily for all the mamas-to-be in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Wake Forest, Garner, Graham, Burlington, and beyond, you have Emerald Doulas to call on.
Emerald Doulas is a team of 20 experienced doulas who all have unique skill sets and specialties. Going through the portfolio of doulas, you see many have qualifications that might resonate with your particular belief system, interests, or needs.
One doula is a yoga therapy instructor, another is a PBi-Certified placenta specialist, and many have backgrounds in related fields, including medicine, nursing, education, wellness, and spirituality.
From this diverse group of doulas, who are all women, you should be able to find your perfect match.
Parents, siblings, and grandparents can be involved in prenatal, postnatal, fitness, and yoga classes. This holistic and welcoming approach is popular.
They understand the issues, concerns, and needs of the community and can give support for hospital births, home births, water birth, inductions, unmedicated childbirth, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), cesarean births, preterm births, and more.
You can discuss your birthing plan, pain management techniques, expectations, and fears with your caring doula. They also advise on breastfeeding, bottle feeding, baby development, and postpartum care.
Having a doula present at the birth can put your mind at ease, help you cope with the labor, and make the birth faster and easier in some cases.
If you are wondering where the name Emerald Doulas came from it was thoughtfully come up with by the owners who love the precious gemstone.
Emeralds are believed to promote love and hope and calm an anxious or troubled mind. Emeralds sometimes bridge the hearts of two people together and are also said to bring wisdom and reason to their wearers.
Emerald Doulas has packages that even include childcare during your hospital stay if you already have children. They offer gift certificates so you can surprise an expectant friend with a class or doula support.
Their Rainbow Fund supports families who have suffered the loss of their baby and their Birthing While Black Fund helps black women who need support (provider referral only).
Visit the Emerald Doulas website, where there is a wealth of information on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and baby health and care. If you are considering hiring a doula, you will find all the info you need right here.
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