I am the mother of two (Anna 1989, Jakub 1993). I work as a certified doula for the Czech doula association (that I helped to create in 2001; www.duly.cz) and a childbirth educator. I received my doula and childbirth educator certifications with Birth Works in 2003. For 7 years I worked as a La Leche League leader in Switzerland. Since 2011 I am also a DONA International certified doula – CD(DONA).
I write and translate texts about parenting, birth and breastfeeding.
With my family we live in Prague.
I provide doula services and individual childbirth preparation in Czech, English and French.
Monthly meetings of English speaking mothers and pregnant women, discussion about birth, breastfeeding, baby and every family member needs, information and support. Babies and fathers are welcome.
Contact Vlasta at 602 747 065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My favorite websites in English:
- La Leche League – breastfeeding
- Mothering Magazine
- Midwifery Today
- DONA International
- Birthing the Future (Suzanne Arms)
- The Womb Ecology (Michel Odent)
- Christianne Northrup
- Ina May Gaskin
- Attachment parenting (Dr. William Sears)
- CIMS (Coalition for Improving Maternity Services)
- World Respected Childbirth Week
- International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative
- ICAN – International Cesarian Awarness Network
- One World Birth
WHO IS A DOULA?
A doula is an experienced and specialy trained woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. She is not a medical professional. A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.
The services offered by a doula vary greatly according to the needs of the mother or parents-to-be.
Before childbirth the doula usually meets with the mother (or couple) at least once face to face, and then is available by phone or for additional meetings.
During labour the doula offers help and suggestions on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. The doula can also encourage the father to participate in the birth to a level at which he feels comfortable. The doula’s most important role is to provide nurturing, continuous support and reassurance.
After childbirth the doula can help with breastfeeding and supports the new family in her new role. The mother and the father can speak about their birth experience and their feelings as parents.
Research shows that mothers (parents) who receive support from a doula:
- feel better about their birth experience
- have greater self-confidence
- feel more secure and cared for
- have less postpartum depression
- spend more time with their babies
- Research has also shown that having a doula present at birth in average:
- reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
- shortens labour
- decreases the chance of caesarean section
- decreases the use of oxytocine
- helps fathers participate with confidence
- increases success in breastfeeding
Findings from “The Doula Book” by Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 2002