What is a Doula and a Birth keeper, is there a difference?

A doula is a trained non-medical support person who provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to women during major medical events in their life. Those events can include fertility, birth, pregnancy loss, death, etc.

Birth Keeper is someone who holds space for women to allow them the opportunity to go within and find their power. We don't empower women, we just help them remember the power within. Birth keepers provide the same support as doulas but we also use traditional wisdom to aid in the healing process.

Birth Keepers believe in women. We believe that women are wise and birth is just as normal as pooping. Birth is not a problem that needs to be managed. Women are born with the wisdom of birth and motherhood in our DNA, we only need to quiet all the outside noise and trust ourselves again.

We believe in mothering the mother. We believe in honoring the first 40 or so days to rest, heal and bond with your baby. We believe in traditional healing wisdom. We believe in mothers!

Should I have a Birth Keeper?

Do you want to increase your chances of having the birth you desire?

Do you want to tap in to your power as a woman?

Do you want continued physical, mental and emotional support focused completely on you?

Do you want to take pressure off dad or help him become more in tune with you?

Do you want to be an active participant in your birth?

Do you want to be cared for instead of managed?

Do you know that you are in charge of your birth, body and baby and you can say no or decline any medical procedure that doesn't align with your families values?

If you answered yes to any of these then you should have a birth keeper.

What are the benefits of a Birth Keeper?

  • Reduced use of pitocin

  • Decreased rate of interventions during labor

  • Less need for pain medication and less requests for epidural

  • Higher satisfaction with birth outcomes

  • Much lower c-section rate

  • Higher chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Shorter labors

  • Decreased chance for episiotomies

  • Help reclaim indigenous birth practices

  • We provide a small piece of the village

  • The ability to make informed decisions

  • Always having a person who is focusing on your needs

What exactly does a Birth Keeper do?

  • Provide continuous emotional and physical support

  • Give information and you find resources to research your birth choices (before labor)

  • Use comfort measures like massage, body positioning and breathing techniques

  • Accommodate your wishes for the birth environment (low light, soft music, etc) to the extent possible in the place of birth

  • Encourage you to communicate with your doctor and to be informed about any procedures and interventions 

  • Support and educate the father or birth partner in the best way to support you. A doula never replaces the very important role of the birth partner and a good doula will help the birth partner by suggesting ways that he/she can support the laboring mom and things that can improve their synergy in labor.

  • Assist with breastfeeding

  • Use traditional healing to ensure you have a great recovery

  • We help you reclaim your divine power by using the wisdom of the birth workers who came before us

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