The Full Circle Doula® Philosophy
Blessed is the Doula whose intention is to sacrifice her time to serve mothers, babies and families.
The Full Circle Doula® Intensive 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 Full Circle Doulas?
A 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 Full Circle Doula® helps a woman during labor and delivery, and during the first weeks after the baby is born. The 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.