How does a doula help before, during and after childbirth?

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How does a doula help before, during and after childbirth?

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A doula can help before, during and after the birth by fulfilling different roles depending on the needs of the mom. So in the end of the pregnancy, we talk about the wishes and expecations of the mom. Also, her anxieties, what are her expectations about the upcoming experience? How much does she want her partner to be involved? And also we help in assessing and improving the communication between the woman and her careprovider. So sometimes the doula is the translator of that communication. During labor and birth, we are usually the first one to arrive in the woman´s house so we do a lot of the labor at home. And then, we transition to the hospital if it is a hospital birth or we call the midwife if it is going to be a homebirth. And after the birth, we protect the attachment that happens between the mother and the baby, making sure that they stay together and breastfeed. And during the postpartum period, we stay in touch with the woman, making sure that she has information and confidence to go through the early stages of mothering.

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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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