Doulas work with women and families throughout pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum transition to parenthood. The purpose of this website is to serve as a directory to help connect moms and families to pregnancy, labor and postpartum support in and around Charlotte. You can find a Doula, Postpartum Doula, Birth Photographer, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant and much more right here. Each provider is independent and runs their own business.
We work at all area hospitals, the new Baby and Co. birth center and with home birthing.
- Greater Charlotte
- Rock Hill
- Fort Mill
Women have long been comforted and assisted in birth by the support of other women. The modern Doula also provides support to the entire family during labor and birth. Doulas have experience in supporting mothers and families in a wide variety of settings and circumstances. We provide continuous, non-judgmental support throughout the pregnancy, labor and birth; also during the first few hours after birth, for help with the initial breastfeeding and to facilitate bonding.
A postpartum Doula serves the new family in the weeks following the birth of a baby. In earlier times, this support would have come from the entire village, as well as from other family members. Today, nurturing support and assistance for the new family during this critical time is often provided by a postpartum Doula. We offer information, encouragement, and reassurance to parents during the exciting but sometimes overwhelming transition to parenting a newborn.
Childbirth classes help expectant parents learn about and prepare for labor and birth. There are several kinds to choose from.
Two of the most popular are Lamaze and Bradley, named after their developers. Most childbirth education classes use one of these two approaches. Many borrow elements from each.
Both Lamaze and Bradley teach women how to cope with labor pain. Both approaches encourage the woman's partner to participate in the labor and delivery process.
Other childbirth education techniques include the Alexander technique, HypnoBirthing, Birthing From Within, and Birthworks. Learn as much as you can about each technique until you find an approach that seems right for you.
What is the Lamaze method?
Lamaze teaches simple coping strategies for labor, including focused breathing, moving and positioning, massage, relaxation techniques, and labor support. Women receive information about medical procedures and pain relief during labor so that they can make informed choices.
What is the Bradley method?
The Bradley method teaches natural childbirth to women with no medical complications. It emphasizes exercise, nutrition and deep breathing.
How can you create a birth plan?
Some childbirth education classes help women create a birth plan. If you do not have one, your Doula will be able to help you write one as well. This is a written document in which you express your preferences about labor and delivery. Topics covered include where you want to deliver, who your support people will be, and the choices you have made regarding various medical steps. If you do create a birth plan, be sure to share it with your provider ahead of time. He or she needs to discuss your wishes with you well in advance.
What are some good questions to ask before choosing a class?
- What method of childbirth education is taught?
- Is the instructor certified?
- What topics are covered?
- Are relaxation and breathing techniques taught?
- What is the instructor's philosophy toward pregnancy and birth?
- Does the class help participants create their own birth plans?
- How big is the class? (Smaller classes, with fewer then 10 couples, are ideal.)
- Will the environment be welcoming and comfortable regardless of whether your childbirth partner is your spouse, partner, relative or friend?
- What is the class style: lecture or participatory?
- Are the time, length and location convenient?
- How much does the class cost?
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After the birth of your baby, your body goes through significant change. Placenta Encapsulation can help ease the process and provide significant benefits such as:
- Increase Milk Supply
- Lessen postpartum bleeding
- Reduce insomnia
- Replenish depleted iron
- Reduce stress
- Give you more energy
- Provide benefits during menopause