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A Doula is the Answer

What is a Doula?

The word doula is a Greek word that refers to "a woman personally serving another woman." Doulas, like Jan, are there for their clients when they need them, whether it is a question about how to breast-feed their baby, or if they need a shoulder to lean on. A doula is a labor specialist who is trained to provide guidance and support to their clients, and enable them to be the best parents that they can be.

Doulas bring peace and harmony to the household, by providing support to all family members, not just the mother. During the birthing process, family members may experience stress, depression, or just the feeling that they can't do it all. Doulas are trained to lower the stress in the household and provide parents tools and strategies that can help them cope. They are also trained to spot the first signs of post-partum depression and are amazing resources for doctors or psychiatrists who specialize in the area of post-partum depression.

A doula is a necessity for all families, before, during, and after labor.

Birthing Doula

In labor support terminology, a Doula refers to a supportive companion (not a loved one) who is professionally trained to provide labor support.

Jan fills a combination of roles

Depending on your needs, she may:

Postpartum Doula

A doula may also provide postpartum care such as breastfeeding support and newborn care as well as helping cook, clean and run errands.

Jan recognizes that adding a new family member is a time of intense change and adjustment. Her role isn't to take over your houshold or to tell you what to do. Rather, it is to be helpful, understanding and responsive.

Your benefits from a postpartum doula include:

All done in a cheerful, upbeat manner by an experienced professional.

"Jan Martinka is a doula extraordinaire. Her calm and supportive presence has made me a more confident parent." ~Coleen Chase