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What is a Birth Doula?

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Doula is an Ancient Greek word meaning "woman who serves". 

A Doula provides emotional, informational, and physical support to the birthing woman and her partner. They strive to empower their clients and encourage them to be actively involved in the informed decision making aspects of the birth experience by educating them about natural and medical birth options. A Doula does not replace the birthing partner, rather she enhances and facilitates their participation by gently coaching and guiding them through evidence-based comfort measures, positions, and movements they may suggest or perform with the birthing woman. Evidence supports that the presence of a Birth Doula results in: 

  • Increased spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Shorter labors and decreased use of Pitocin

  • Decreased pain level and/or use of pain medications

  • Decreased rates of Cesarean Section

  • Decreased rates of vaginal tearing and/or Episiotomy

  • Decreased use of forceps or vacuum delivery

  • Higher APGAR scores

  • Higher rate of breastfeeding

  • Shorter hospital stay for birther and baby

  • Decreased need for postpartum medical interventions

  • Improved overall birth experience

  • Decreased incidence of postpartum depression

Physio + Doula

As a licensed Physical Therapist, Dr. Jasia is able to combine the knowledge and skills of her specialization in Women's Health/Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy with the valuable education and benefits of also being a trained Birth Doula!

"Jasia is wonderfully knowledgeable, attentive, and easy to talk to. She's so invested in her work, and a joy to work with. Loved having her as my doula and my PT!"

Katie

Your Complete Birth PhysioDoula Experience

Dr. Jasia begins her on call period at 37 weeks. Additional Physical Therapy visits may be purchased should you feel you would like more treatment or hands-on visits before or after you deliver.

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Before Labor

(1) 2.5 Hour Physical Therapy Evaluation:

  • Pelvic Floor Assessment

  • Home Exercise Program

  • Birth Prep Education

  • Birth Plan Assistance

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Immediately Postpartum

On Site 1-3hrs After Birth

  • Nutrition and Hydration

  • Assist you to initiate breastfeeding

  • Assist the Birth Partner

  • Help everyone get settled (hospital birth)

  • Help pack to go home (birthing center birth)

  • Clean up assist (home birth)

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During Labor

Continuous Support

  • Emotional, Physical, and Informational

  • Uterine Wave Tracking

  • Birth Partner Coaching and Support

  • Pelvic Biomechanics and Labor Positions

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Postpartum Rehab

(1) 2 Hour Postpartum PT HOME Visit

  • 6-8 weeks after birth

  • Pelvic Floor Re-evaluation

  • Diastasis Recti Assessment

  • Updated Home Exercise Program

Pricing & Support Options

Every woman's support needs are different. We have tailored a few different packages to choose from which may help you get the exact style you're looking for!

*All packages include Physical Therapy, Child Birth Education, and On-Call Services listed above*

Message us at
info@wellwomenpt.com
to inquire about PhysioDoula availability!

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