The SMC Full Circle Doula Philosophy

Blessed is the Doula whose intention is to sacrifice her time to serve mothers, babies and families.

The SMC Full Circle Doula Companion Training centers on our philosophy on cultural awareness and sensitivity,  medical terminology, prenatal support, nutrition, labor support, massage techniques, prevention of prematurity, low-birth weight and infant mortality, HIPPA rules, and much more.

We teach our Doulas to:

  • Support and assist during labor and birth, using comfort measures such as: breathing, relaxation, massage, and positioning.
  • Provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners before, during and after labor and birth.
  • Value women led births and a mother’s intuition to birth in her best position. 
  • Help establish successful breastfeeding. 
  • Teach and promote bonding activities between newborn, mother and family. 
  • Function as an integral part of the Maternity Care Case Management Team. 
  • To be a leader for birth justice in their community. 

On average, Doula attended births provide: 

  • Reduction of cesarean rates and shorter labors. 
  • Reduction of epidural requests and analgesia use. 
  • Reduction in vacuum and forceps deliveries.
  • Improvement of the mother/infant bond.
  • Improved satisfaction with the partner after birth.
  • Highest breastfeeding success rate.

Who are SMC Full Circle Doulas?

An SMC Full Circle Doula is a person who cares about helping a pregnant woman, a new mother, her baby and her family. They commit meeting with a woman during her pregnancy to help her create her birth plan, and then uses labor support techniques to help her achieve the type of birth she desires. A SMC Full Circle Doula helps a woman during labor and delivery, and during the first weeks after the baby is born. The SMC Full Circle Doula® works with the midwife or doctor, as a member of her clients birthing team. Studies show that women who use doulas have less risk of cesarean section, a more positive birth experience, and are more likely to be able to successfully breastfeed their babies. Doulas are an important addition to the community health care team.