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Labor & Birth Support Doula

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Paula is a trained labor support doula. A doula is a woman specially educated to assist before, during and after childbirth. She understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of the woman in labor. A doula facilitates communications between the laboring woman, her partner and the clinical care providers.

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A doula helps to facilitate the dark, quiet, comfortable environment that helps labor to progress. She provides security and acceptance so that the woman can relax and allow herself to slip into a different state of consciousness. A doula remembers that laboring women are very sensitive to the words of those around them, whether positive or negative. She provides positive, supportive words and helps to reframe any negative comments that are made. The woman trusts her doula to remember her wishes and priorities. This allows the laboring woman to surrender, to give in to allow her body to give birth.

Clifton Dobbs, Jr. Paula brings her many healing skills and techniques into the birthing setting. By using reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and sound therapy along with prayer if it is desired by the mother, she is able to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the mother to ensure a safe, secure and joyful environment for the miraculous transition of birth.

Studies document the presence of a doula during labor and birth is associated with the following reductions:

  • 50% fewer C-sections
  • 60% drop in use of epidural anesthesia
  • 30% decrease in use of pain medication
  • 40% decrease in use of pitocin
  • 40% decrease in use of forceps
  • A member of DONA (Doulas of North America), Paula received her childbirth education training at University Hospitals of Cleveland and her doula training from Sunday Tortelli, CCE, CD.