Nurture The Seed Doula Services By Jessica Johnson
My role is to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to mothers and their partners during labor and birth. -Offer support in the form of position suggestions, movement options, breathing and relaxation techniques and general helpful tasks, such as fanning and offering fluids to drink. Assist the family in gathering information about their options in labor and birth.
I have been striving on getting my official doula certification with Birth Arts International. Since doulas do not need to be certified to provide service, and I feel confidently educated to help birthing families at this time, I'd like to start out offering anyone services on a sliding scale of $400-$700. In a nutshell this includes:
•1-2 prenatal visits at your home
• On-call availability until the labor & birth (2 weeks before & after EDD)
• Doula support during labor & birth
• Referrals to community/internet resources
• Complete respect from me regarding any birth choices you may make.
ANYONE can reach out to me and ask me ANYTHING!
Birth Therapies by Jessica Johnson
I had to chose two therapy techniques to elaborate on as an assignment to achieve my doula certification- here's what I came up with !
We can not forget to tune into our senses and the elements provided for us. The two things I would like to shed light on are water (hydrotherapy) and sound being used in labor.
We spend our fetal life in water. The amniotic fluid surrounds us as we float around for 9 months and even after we are born into the air, our bodies composition is of 75% H2O. Looking back, the first homo sapiens footprints were found 110,000 years ago on the sand of an ancient beach. Then, it was Lucy our famous ancestor that was found eroding away in a sandy environment amongst the turtle eggs and crab claws. There are many things like this that give strong support to the hypothesis that we were shore dwelling creatures and could have evolved from an aquatic ape. My point is that we should turn to water to help bring us into a more instinctive/mammalian state during childbirth. Women for thousands of years have used water to aid childbirth and lactation, but certain societies in the world seem to be forgetting this crucial element.
Scientifically hydrotherapy helps the muscles and brain relax. It is very hard to be stiff while immersed in water, so this is automatically going to help the tension of contractions during labor. When in water the contractions will still be effective in pushing the fetus down even though gravity has been lifted. The uterus still does its job while giving the mothers body buoyancy and allowing relaxation. Deeper and slower breaths usually follow emersion of warm water which aids in progressing childbirth. Water has become so effective in progressing labor that it has even become a tool in finding out if there are any complications stalling labor. For those women that it does not help progress, it’s likely that the baby is in an odd position which makes moving further down unfavorable. There are issues that water can “weed out” quickly as well.
If the mother is not immersed in water another way to connect with that element is in a shower. Being alone or with a partner in a shower during labor will really help things feel more private. Being alone (knowing everything is okay) will help quiet the thinking brain and allow your hormones to flow strongly. Being close with your partner will increase oxytocin strengthening contractions. If there happens to be any back labor, using the water coming from the showerhead to massage the lower back will ease pain.
Birth is hard for the homo sapiens. One reason being that we have the largest neocortex out of any mammal. Mothers in labor need this part of themselves to make itself least known at this time so they don’t overthink the labor process. When we overthink a situation, fear and adrenaline become present automatically stalling the flow of the hormones needed to achieve birth. Using sound is also a good way to quiet the neocortex (thinking brain). If you think about the automatic sound you make when your toe is stubbed, that is a good example of our therapeutic instincts kicking in. If this instinctive therapy is encouraged and directed during labor, I believe this can make a positive impact. Some women during labor, especially those in a hospital are less prone to being free with the sound they want/need to release. I personally believe that every woman should be encouraged to give this type of release if they feel it so! Making low tones specifically will help direct the contraction downwards. The “ohm” sound no matter how loud will relax the mouth, which automatically opens/ softens the lower sphincters as well. High screams or shrieks increase adrenaline and move energy upwards being counterproductive. Low toning, hums, and grunts will all be productive.
Sound in the form of music adds comfort to a birth. It of course depends on what music is being heard. Softer and slower or even empowering tunes can be a great therapy. Honestly, as long as the music is chosen by the mother, it can help greatly. Mantras are another form of sound. These can be voiced out loud or repeated using the inner voice. Whispers used by surrounding people such as the doula, family or even care providers will definitely set the tone of calmness. The mother can feel the support and respect of the room maintaining a peaceful atmosphere. Encouraging whispers to the mother after each contraction will do more then you would imagine. Even toning with the mother is encouraging for her.
Here are some statistics on why to get a doula! Note that in some places, particularly certain hospitals, doulas cut the Caesarian rate in half. And while the national average cesarean rate is around 32%, I think that means we can definitely say having a doula is a treasure indeed!
To inquire more about these services please contact Jessica Johnson (937)-205-8499 or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nurturingtheseed/?fref=ts Although I would like to be able to provide to everyone who requests them, I am currently servicing a sixty mile radius of Peebles, Ohio.