No matter where you plan to deliver, a Doula is a valuable resource to a birthing mother and her family. Giving birth is often a vulnerable time for a family. Not only are birth outcomes improved when a Doula is present, but overall satisfaction and peace of mind are as well. We offer Doula Services for all birth settings, whether it be in a hospital, in a birth center or at home.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a Greek word that is translated to “Woman Caregiver.” A doula is also known as a birth companion or birth coach. She is someone who respects the decisions you make for your birth. A doula assists you and your family during your pregnancy, labor and childbirth in a non-medical capacity by providing emotional support and physical support by using comfort measure techniques. She is a resource of information for you and your family and can help you design and implement your birth plan. A postpartum doula provides resources to you as well as emotional and physical support, including breastfeeding help, after your child has been born.
Do I need a Doula if I have a Midwife?
A Midwife often provides a similar type of support in addition to being your primary care provider; however, a midwife may have multiple patients to care for and her services may be limited to the place where you plan to deliver. If you were to need to deliver at the hospital for any reason, your doula goes with you to the hospital and stays with you throughout your labor. Your doula can also support you during early labor when you are still at home.
Birth Preparation Monthly Meeting
Our Doula Team hosts a “Birth Preparation” meeting monthly at Sweet Child O’ Mine. These meetings are open to anyone and we invite you to join us. This is an opportunity for you and your family to meet the Doulas, ask your questions and better prepare yourself for your labor and birth. Each month’s meeting will have a unique topic that will be helpful to you while preparing for your birth. Examples of these topics are; How to Write a Birth Plan, Comfort Measures for Labor and Techniques to Get Baby in a Good Position. There will be drinks and snacks. The meetings are held at Sweet Child O’ Mine in the Education Room. 215 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon.
Join Us For Our Next Meeting
Date: Saturday, June 8th
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Presentation Topic: Comfort Measures for Labor
We will discuss various comfort measures and positions for labor. There will be practical hands on demonstrations of positions, massage, essential oils, rebozo, and ball work. Bring your partner so they can learn how to best help you in labor. We hope to see you at the meeting.
Our Doula Team
Melinda Morales is a full spectrum doula and certified perinatal educator specializing in teen pregnancy and young parent support. She is a mother to 3 boys, and a teen birth advocate supporting families in Central Florida since 2006. She is the founder of Project Teenbirth, Inc. – a community based program supporting and educating teen and young parents. She is an active board member of the Tampa Bay Birth Network. Her story has been featured in Rewire.News, Not Another Teen Mommy.com, #noteenshame.
Sarah Walsh is a DONA trained birth doula whose passion is supporting all mother’s through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys. She is a wife and a mother of two, Noah (7) and Evelyn (5). Her journey in the birth world and as a birth doula began as an active duty United States Marine when the wives of other service members sought her out and asked that she be there for them during their labor. Sarah sincerely believes that all stages of pregnancy and birth are sacred. Not only are babies born but so are mothers. Her fulfillment is in knowing that each mother feels safe, supported and empowered through the beautiful and life changing journey that is pregnancy and birth.
Alyssa Bedard, a St. Petersburg native, became interested in birth work after receiving her master’s degree in Public Health Education with a focus in Maternal and Child Health. Through research, community work, and having personally overcome the hardships of being a young, single mom, Alyssa became passionate about perinatal support and providing reassurance to the birthing space. She has devoted her personal and professional work to empowering families through the precious moments of pregnancy, birth and parenting. As a doula, speaker, and educator, Alyssa believes that the birth experience is truly the foundation of all life’s practices and deserves to be trusted and honored. It is her deepest passion to serve families and the birthing community.
How Do I Get Started with Doula Service?
1. Email us at email@example.com. We will send you a questionnaire to complete.
2. Attend our monthly Doula Meetings at no obligation.
3. Once you have met the doula team and decide you would like to hire us, complete the doula service contract and return it to us at our email or to the front desk at Sweet Child O’ Mine. Cost of doula service: private birth prep meeting, labor and birth, photos, and postpartum follow up visit: $800.
4. We will contact you to see how your pregnancy is going and to schedule a private Birth Preparation Meeting between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. When you are in labor, call your doula team.
For More Information, Contact Us:
813-685-8404 ext 6