What is a Doula

By definition, a doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. 

Why it Matters

Because birth is HARD... No, I don’t mean the labor. The process of bringing a new being earthside is the most incredible thing out there.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the how and every small detail, plan and plan and plan some more, that we forget to actually be present! 
That is precisely where doula support comes in. From pre labor questions, birth plan support for both partners to  lactation support and everything in between. 

About us

MMW Doula services are provided by two talented and experienced birth workers. Learn more HERE.

Why Chose MMW

Other services available to mamas and babies include:

  • Pre-natal and post-partum Yoga Private sessions

  • Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine support during pregnancy and post-partum 

  • Nutritional support 

Other Offerings

Additional Services available upon request include:

  • Birth Tub Rental

  • Placenta Encapsulation

  • Post Partum extra visits

Labor Assistance

Doulas support the birthing person throughout labor and birth. Their essential role is to provide continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she gives birth. Labor support is defined as the therapeutic presence of another person, in which human-to-human interaction with caring behaviors is practiced (Jordan,2013).

The role of the doula is connected entirely to the birthing person’s agenda. This is known as primacy of interest; a doula’s primary responsibility is to the birthing person—not to a hospital administrator, nurse, midwife, or doctor.

Labor support can be defined as emotional support, physical support, and advocacy and informational support.

Physical support is important because it helps the birthing person maintain a sense of control, comfort, and confidence.

Emotional support helps the birthing person feel cared for and feel a sense of pride and empowerment after birth. One of the doula’s primary goals is to care for the mother’s emotional health and enhance her ability to have positive birth memories (Gilland, 2010b).

Informational support helps keep the birthing person and their partner informed about what’s going on with the course of labor, as well as provides them with access to evidence-based information about birth options.

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Lactation Support

Breastfeeding is not easy for many new mamas. Thankfully there is a great deal of support available. Common issues include, but are not limited to, sore nipples, poor latch, mastitis, milk supply issues and plugged ducts.

 
 
 
 

Costs and Packages

Fine Print:

Acupuncture sessions are private one on one setting. Yoga sessions done in a group no larger than 5 people. Added sessions and custom packages available upon request. Price does not include cost of renting a birth tub for water labour or placenta encapsulation. Cost of herbs not included. Payment plans available. Doula support on call (24/7) after 37 weeks.

  

 
 

Basic $975

  • 2 pre-natal visits   

  • Labor doula services

  • 1 post partum visit

  • 24/7 support

 Extra 2 $1175

  • Basic +

  • 2 post partum visit

  • + 1 pre-natal yoga sessions

  • + 2 acupuncture sessions

Extra 4 $1375

  • Basic + 

  • 2 postpartum + 3 pre-natal yoga

  • + 4 acupuncture sessions

 Extra 6 $1675

  • Basic +

  • 2 postpartum visits

  • + 6 pre-natal yoga sessions

  • + 6 acupuncture sessions

Irina was the most perfect doula for our baby boy’s debut and the many months leading up. She is very knowledgeable and supported all of our decisions.She made my husband feel at ease and supported in being there for me during everything! I’m not sure how things would have gone without the love and care she provided us!
— Erin M.
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