In the book “The Tender Gift” Dana Raphael described a Doula as a "title for those women who surround, interact and aid the mother during the perinatal and postpartum period.” A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before during and after childbirth.
For centuries women received support from local family and friends.
Today Doulas help fill this need. Momma T Doula provides care from Birth planning, through labor and postpartum.
Terri Piazza CD(DONA) is Momma T Doula.
Terri Piazza is a native New Yorker now living in Connecticut. After years as a corporate executive Terri is ecstatic to pursue her career as a DONA certified Doula. She is a wife and mother to three children born in 1983, 2002 and 2006. She is truly passionate about babies, labor and birth. Terri is thrilled to share this passion along with her knowledge and experience. Terri believes every mother should have the birth they desire and the prenatal, postpartum, nursing, parenting support they deserve. She strives to help families learn about healthy birthing and about their ability to advocate for themselves before, during and after labor.
Terri provides informational, physical, and emotional support throughout your labor and birth, offering help with comfort measures, relaxation, essential oils, rebozo, breathing, laboring positions, techniques to help labor progress, physical support such as massage and counter pressure.
Terri will help you and your partner ask questions, feel heard and take an active role in your baby’s birth.
Every mother should have the birth they desire and the prenatal, postpartum, nursing, support they deserve.
Initial Consultation-The initial consultation will enable us to learn more about each other so we can determine if we are a good doula-client fit.
Prenatal Support-Two prenatal appointments to discuss expectation, help you gain information so you can make knowledge-based decisions, help prepare your birth plan and share labor information. I am also available for unlimited phone and email support. I can accompany you to a prenatal visit with your doctor/midwife or attend a hospital/birthing center tour.
Labor Support-I will be on call for you 24 hours a day beginning at 38 weeks gestation until the birth of your baby. Once you go into labor I will be there when you feel you need me. I will provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support until the birth of your baby. I will facilitate skin to skin bonding and your birth plan.
Nursing Support-If you choose to breastfeed I will help you initiate your first feeding.
Postpartum Visit-A home visit to celebrate your transition to parenthood. We discuss your birth, make sure breastfeeding is going well, answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Postpartum Support-In home care providing emotional and informational support. Including breastfeeding, pumping, bottle assistance. Guidance with bathing, diapering, cord care other new parent needs. Respite, night duty and baby care.
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Why should I use a Doula? Giving birth is more than physical. It is a key life event full of emotion and meaning. A birth doula mothers the mother, taking care of her needs throughout pregnancy and birth. Your doula partners with your birth team working closely with your midwife, doctor, nurse, partner and support people. Doctors and nurses change with shifts and have other patients and responsibilities. The doctors and nurses will check on you periodically and monitor your progress. A doula remains a one on one continual support remaining with you to provide emotional, informational, physical support and comfort measures.
A doula is with you from late pregnancy answering questions and offering you tips and resources. She joins you in labor when you feel you need her, which is often when you are still at home. Your doula stays with you till after your baby is born and feeding has begun.
A doula has support and suggestions for partners which can enhance their involvement and experiences of birth as well. A good birth experience will lead to a better postpartum period by speeding recovery, easing breastfeeding, and securing the satisfaction of the mother and father with one another and themselves.
Studies show the benefits of having a birth doula,
-reduces the need for pain medication, -reduce Cesarean births,
-improve outcomes for both mother and baby.
If my husband/partner is with me, why should I use a doula? While your husband or partner may be the most intimate and important person to you during labor, he or she may not have the knowledge, stamina or skills that are useful and necessary during labor and birth. It is often difficult for husbands and partners to watch a loved one experience the normal trials of childbirth. While the doula can provide all the support herself if needed, she is also trained to help your partner or family support you better. The doula and your partner can work together to provide the continuous support you will need. The doula does not take the place of the partner, but supplements his or her attention and care with her own professional knowledge and experience.
Can my babies father have skin to skin bonding? Babies and fathers benefit from skin to skin bonding as well. Skin to skin in the delivery room or shortly after birth is the perfect foundation to build a parent relationship on.
What does a postpartum doula do? Life with a new baby or babies doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Postpartum doulas help families settle in. Studies show that this kind of support can help in the following ways:
-help reduce postpartum mood disorders.
-improve breastfeeding success.
Postpartum doulas are trained to understand what new babies, new mothers and growing families truly need. A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, soothing techniques, normal newborn behavior, basic baby care and mother baby bonding.
Postpartum Doulas support new moms with emotional and physical recovery from birth, sleep assistance, lactation questions and overnight care. Doulas can help the early days go by more smoothly by helping with the baby’s laundry, or preparing simple, nourishing meals.
A new baby means transition for everyone, including parents, grandparents and little brothers and sisters. Postpartum doulas understand what everyone needs, and part of their role is to help the entire family adjust and settle in. We strive to keep new families stress free.