ADOBE is pleased to
provide professional Doula services to Arizona childbearing
families. ADOBE Doulas receive intensive training approved by Doulas
of North America (DONA) and follow their Code of Ethics and Stands
of Practice. DONA is the largest national organization that provides
certification for labor support professionals.
Doulas Assist Child Birthing Families
Doulas are labor support
professionals who are the newest members of today's maternity care
team. The Doula stays by the side of the laboring woman and her
partner(s) throughout labor.
The Doula provides
emotional support, an objective viewpoint, and assistance in getting
information needed for decision making.
The Doula offers
suggestions and promotes techniques to enhance labor progress and
relieve pain, including relaxation, breathing, positioning, and
other physical comfort measures.
Research studies have
found that when Doulas attend births, including epidurals, less
chance of forceps or cesarean delivery, and decreased length of
labor result. There is also evidence that women experience less
postpartum depression and have increased success with breastfeeding
when they have support from a Doula.
Partners often feel more
relaxed when they are part of a team and not the sole supporter.
Partners participate with confidence and feel more emotionally
available when they have assistance and a role model during this
intimate and challenging event. Women and their partners experience
increased satisfaction and more positive memories of their birth
when they are supported by a Doula.
father or partner, may be better able to provide continuous support
but has little actual experience in dealing with the forces of
labor. Even fathers who have had intensive preparation are often
surprised at the amount of work involved (more than enough for two
people). Even more important, many fathers experience the birth as
an emotional journey of their own and find it hard to be objective
in such a situation. -DONA
Will the Doula replace the
Some fathers or partners are concerned they may be displaced by the doula during labor. ADOBE doulas will not replace the father. A responsible doula supports and encourages the father and enhances his support style rather than replaces him. The doula allows for the partner to participate at their own comfort level and will make sure that the partner's needs are being met as well as the mother's. In fact, studies have shown that fathers/partners usually participate more actively during labor in the presence of a doula than without one.
ADOBE strives to enhance
the support of the father (partner) while at the same time letting
them participate at their own comfort level.
for Selecting a Doula
If you and partner(s) are
ready to interview a Doula, please follow these steps and do not
hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
When you and your partner(s) are ready to interview a Doula in your area, click
on Meet our Doulas. Select two or three Doulas you would like to
Contact ADOBE to arrange
your free consultation
Client Information Packets
Each of our Doulas has their own unique information packet, and will gladly provide you with your packet.
This is a combination birthplan guide, sample phrases,
birth plan, newborn care, and questionnaire to be completed and the
doula to review to help provide the best service possible.
ADOBE Doula Program
This is a copy of the evaluation to be completed after