A doula refers to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula:
Recognizes birth as a key experience parents will remember all their lives
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman and couple get the information they need to make informed decisions
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Women experience a profound transformation both physically and emotionally when transitioning from pregnancy to motherhood. Placenta encapsulation aims to support that transition by supplementing and replenishing the mother's body with key hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins that are contained within her very own placenta.
Encapsulation involves dehydration of the placenta and grinding it into a fine powder for it to be processed into capsules. This process is carried out in a well sanitized environment to avoid any spread of bacteria or infection.
The benefits of encapsulation have been know to include: