Doula





Doula is a support for the woman and her partner in the prenatal phase, at the time of giving birth and she is there afterwards to sustain even further the start of the new family. To help in the transition with the new life, re elaborate the birth, starting breastfeeding and all the support that the clients need to empower themselves in the new role as parents.
Doula is a birth companion that is non medical. 

You have all the magical powers you need already inside you, i am just there to help you find them if ever you forget them. 

 

 

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”
― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

 

My trainings:

I have taken the training with ODIS (Swedish Doula Organisation); my teacher were Liisa Svensson (midwife and doula) and Susanna Heli (physiotherapist, doula and writer of the book "Confident Birth/Föda utan rädsla").

Currently training with "La Leche League International for supporting mothers with breastfeeding. 

Currently training in the filippino´s Hilot tradition for giving pre natal and post natal massage.


I am happy to be with you, contact me for more info.
I speak english, swedish, italian and spanish.

 

What they say:

"Det kändes väldigt tryggt att ha Giulia som Doula. Vi fick hjälp innan förlossning med verktyg kring hur vi kunde förbereda oss, både jag och min man. När väl förlossningen kom igång kände jag mig lugn och stark tack vare henne och om jag fick väldigt ont och inte visste hur jag skulle tänka blev jag stärkt av hennes ord och närvaro." Lotta & family

 

"Marcello’s birth was long and tough, and it ended with an emergency c-section, which finally brought him in our arms. During the pregnancy we had imagined, prepared and hoped for a natural birth, with as little medical interventions as possible and the presence of a doula, Giulia. Many things of this vision couldn’t materialise, but Giulia was there and this helped us immensely. Her empathy and support before, during and after labor have been precious to us. Before labor, she made sure to get to know our wishes and expectations for the baby’s arrival. During labor, she helped me staying focused, going through the pain of each contraction with resilience and strength. She also helped my partner, showing him what he could do to assist me and making him feel confident that everything was going okay (he even managed to take a nap in the middle of these long and intense 36 hours, which gave him the possibility to regain some strength before the last and most difficult bit of the process started). After Marcello was born Giulia helped me immensely dealing with the feelings that such a traumatic birth inevitably brought to me. During the first week, she reminded me nearly everyday how strong I had been and that I had done everything I could to help me out through a natural birth. She helped me finding ways to think of my c-section as the positive outcome of a situation I had not or very little control of. She listened to me and cried with me. She helped me healing. On the practical side, she also provided me with advise about my post-partum diet and breastfeeding, which has been immensely useful. I am extremely grateful for all of this. If I were to give birth again, I would definitely choose Giulia as my doula again, and I will also recommend her to any pregnant friend in the Stockholm area." 

Francesca & family

 

 

 


How it works:

  • we will have a meeting during your pregnancy, when you feel is the right time, to decide if we want to work together.
  •  we will have another meeting to talk deeply about your previous experiences, if you have, and/or about fears, needs, desires and how you want to be supported. I get to know you a bit more, even how is your couple dynamics, so that i can best serve you during labour and help you go there together in a meaningful way.
  • we can have more meeting if you need before the birth (maybe to train some techniques like the breath or the sound or meditation).
  • I will be on call two weeks before your due date and two weeks after. whenever labour starts and when you feel you need my support I will come. (there is always a back up doula in case needed)
  • we will meet 3 days and/or 7-10 days after the birth to see how you and the family are doing.

 

 

"I don´t care what kind of birth you have... home birth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, if you birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were respected. "




What doulas DO:

Doulas “mother the mother.” While performing her role, a doula

 

  • Provides emotional support
  • Uses comfort measures: breathing, closeness, relaxation, movement, positioning, massage and other techniques depending on the situation.
  • Gives information
  • Continuously reassures and comforts the mother (the key word is continuous—a doula never leaves the mother’s side)
  • Helps a mother become informed about various birth choices
  • Advocates for the mother and helps facilitate communication between the mother and care provider
  • Looks after your partner as well (gives them bathroom breaks!), but their primary responsibility is to the mother.



What doulas do NOT do:


  • Doulas are NOT medical professionals
  • They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
  • They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
  • They do not judge you for decisions that you make
  • They do not let their personal values or biases get in the way of caring for you (for example, they should not pressure you into making any decisions just because that’s what they prefer)
  • They do not take over the role of your husband or partner
  • They do not deliver the baby
  • They do not change shifts                                



WHY doulas are so effective?

There are 2 main reasons why we think doulas are so effective. The first reason is the “harsh environment” theory. In most developed countries, ever since birth moved out of the home and into the hospital, women have been giving birth in conditions that can often be described as harsh. In the hospital, laboring women are frequently submitted to institutional routines, high intervention rates, personnel who are strangers, lack of privacy, bright lighting, and needles. Most of us would have a hard time dealing with these conditions when we’re feeling our best. But women in labor to deal with these harsh conditions when they are in their most vulnerable state. These harsh conditions may slow down a woman’s labor and decrease the woman’s self-confidence. It is thought that a doula “buffers” this harsh environment by providing continuous support and companionship which promotes the mother’s self-esteem (Hofmeyr, Nikodem et al. 1991).

The second reason that doulas are effective is because doulas are a form of pain relief (Hofmeyr, 1991). With continuous support, women are less likely to request epidurals or pain medication (Hodnett, 2011). Why are women with doulas less likely to request pain medications? Well, women are less likely to request pain medications when they have a doula because they just don’t need an epidural as much! Women who have a doula are statistically more likely to feel less pain when a doula is present. Furthermore, by avoiding epidural anesthesia, women may avoid many medical interventions that often go along with an epidural, including Pitocin augmentation and continuous electronic fetal monitoring (Caton, Corry et al. 2002).

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