labor doula and CAPPA-trained postpartum doula, member of DONA (Doulas of North
America) and CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association), and
volunteer doula with Chicago Volunteer Doulas. Related training in massage,
acupressure, rebozo, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and breastfeeding.
Experienced in childbirth, home birth, breastfeeding, attachment
parenting, and babywearing. Doulas are professional labor and postpartum
assistants, experienced in childbirth, providing continuous emotional
and physical support to the laboring mother before, during, and after
childbirth. Labor doulas help mothers by providing comfort measures and
pain-coping techniques throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas help the
mother by providing education and assistance with postpartum issues such as
breastfeeding, swaddling, sleeping, calming, diapering, babywearing, postpartum
exercise/yoga, nutrition, and sibling care.