In childbirth, your midwife or physician’s responsibility is to ensure a safe delivery for mother and child.
It is the role of the birth doula to provide parents-to-be with professional knowledge and support borne of experience throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and post-partum; so as a family you can have a secure, comfortable, positive birth experience and transition to parenthood.
In published research, use of doula support was confirmed to:
The benefits of having the aid of a doula at a birth are so pronounced, it prompted one researcher to conclude:
“If a Doula were a drug, it would be malpractice not to use it.” – John Kennell, MD
Naturopathic doctors have training far beyond that of a traditional birth doula (a 16-hour course primarily focused on labour support measures).
A naturopathic doctor’s education includes over 5700 hours of training, including obstetrical and pediatric training, and a basic medical science education similar to that of a conventional medical doctor.
The skill-set of a naturopathic birth doula allows for the doulas role to be expanded from only labour support to optimization of pre-natal health of the mother and child. Naturopathic doctors are the most qualified healthcare professionals in healthy lifestyle, preventative care and safe, effective use of natural medicines. If you wish, a naturopathic birth doula can offer you guidance and support using:
Although, as naturopathic doctors we favour the use of natural approaches, at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine the guiding principles of our decision-making process is always respect for your choices and boundaries, and to advise you based on the most current available medical evidence and our experience.
At all points throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth we will offer you unbiased information and complete support in whichever of your options you decide to use.
Jessica Sangiuliano, ND, Lindsey Mallais, ND, Janice Wu, ND and Tehseen Meghji, ND, have extensive experience in pregnancy, labour, birth and post-partum support. The values and goals of all the naturopathic birth doulas at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are to:
Every birth doula at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is a licensed naturopathic doctor. Between them, they have experience in the entire range of potential birth scenarios, including natural, water, cesarean, VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), home and hospital births; and births attended by midwives, family physicians and obstetricians.
After you have met your naturopathic birth doula, and are certain you have a good fit, our naturopathic birth doula service includes:
O.H.I.P. does not pay for doula services, but as a government-regulated healthcare profession, services offered by naturopathic doctors, including naturopathic birth doula services, are covered by most extended healthcare plans.
Of course. As naturopathic doctors, all our naturopathic birth doulas offer regular office hours and are happy to transition from “birth support”, to on-going health support through childhood and beyond.
Complementary, 15 to 30-minute “meet and greet” appointments are available so you can be confident of a good “fit” exists between you and the naturopathic birth doula you select to attend and support you through the birth process.
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Gruber KJ, Cupito SH, Dobson CF. Impact of doulas on healthy birth outcomes. J J Perinat Educ. 2013 Winter;22(1):49-58.
Klaus MH, Kennell JH. The doula: an essential ingredient of childbirth rediscovered. Acta Paediatr. 1997 Oct;86(10):1034-6.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]