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A Doula is not a healthcare provider, she is a mother figure of the most ancient kind. Her life experience and loving encouragement empowers you. She is a reassuring presence who will always listen to you and support you in your chosen path. She will remind you of your choices, and the reasons you made them. When you are in doubt, anxious, or afraid, she sees all parts of you;  the strengths and weaknesses that make you beautifully whole. The Doula’s understanding of your journey supports self-confidence. She works to create a special relationship, that dances the duality of dependency and self reliance.
Her goal is to ease your pain with a touch, a word, a look. She encourages the husband or birth partner to be involved while also providing a back-up for when they need a break. The doula’s goal is to enhance the birth and birth team. Note: She does not take place of partner.

How can a DOULA affect your birth story and beyond?

Women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have:

  • 50% reduction in Cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in Pitocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesic use
  • 30% reduction in forceps delivery

Six weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas experienced:

  • Less anxiety and depression
  • More confidence with the baby
  • More satisfaction with their partner

Long-term benefits of using a doula:

  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Increased time spent with baby
  • More positive maternal assessments of baby’s personality and health, and maternal competence
  • Decreased postpartum depression

“Mothering the Mother”, by M.H. Klaus, J.H. Kennell, and P.H. Klaus; Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, New York (1993).

 

Why choose Alyssa as part of your birth team?
Alyssa Kaplan is trained as a midwife assistant and currently holds the title as a International Certified Birth Doula through DONA. She has the heart for serving women and shares her knowledge and compassion freely. Alyssa listens to her clients so she can support them in their empowered birth journey. Alyssa also draws from her yoga experiences to call in a calm and collected labor; often reminding mothers of their breath and vast internal inspiration. Alyssa is passionate about breastfeeding. She is a *Certified Breastfeeding Specialist* and is counseling women at WIC, Seminole County Health Department. In 2015, Alyssa will sit for her IBCLC.
Contact: Alyssa@sacredbirthorlando.com for additional questions and inquiries.