Well before labor even begins, a Doula can help expectant parents map out a pregnancy path that is centred around the 'healthy mum, healthy baby principle. According to DONA International, a Doula is ‘a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth, to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible’. This support has been scientifically proven to improve outcomes for both the mother and the baby. However, Doulas do not have medical training or experience. Their expertise is in supporting women and their families through the childbirth experience. As part of your birth team, your Doula works alongside your primary health provider to support you in choosing what's best for you and your family.
Prenatally, Doulas offer education and resources on what to expect throughout the pregnancy process and provide hands-on techniques for labour preparation and are there through the entire birthing process. Doulas nurture and support the birthing person throughout labor. Their essential role is to provide continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she gives birth. Labor support is defined as the therapeutic presence of another person, in which human-to-human interaction with caring behaviours is practiced via three pillars of labor support: emotional support, physical support, and advocacy (Jordan,2013).
From what to pack in your hospital bag to the most affective pain management techniques- Doula’s are there each step of the way.
“Evidence shows that continuous support from Doulas can decrease the risk of Cesarean, the use of medications for pain relief, and the risk of a low five minute Apgar score. Labor support also increases satisfaction and the chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth. Continuous support may also shorten labor and decrease the use of Pitocin. Although continuous support can also be offered by birth partners, midwives, nurses, or even some physicians, research has shown that with some outcomes, doulas have a stronger effect than other types of support persons. As such, Doulas should be viewed by both parents and providers as a valuable, evidence-based member of the birth care team.”
- Rebekka, RN, Founder of Evidence Based Birth
There were several tough decisions we had to make during the birth process. Having Frankie there with holistic, evidence based information was critical to advocate for individualized in-hospital care. She helped us feel supported, empowered and in control of the birthing process. After 46hrs, we walked away feeling like we weathered a storm but our ship was anchored by Frankie's care and guidance.
— Heidi, Fred & Sawyer, Jasper A.B
Frankie was very informative and reassured me a lot about giving birth during our prenatal visits, because I had many fears about it, but she reminded me of how natural it is and of how we (women) have been giving birth forever and our bodies are designed to do it. She gave me confidence in my own ability to do it.
— Sabrina & Pheonix, Jasper, AB
Throughout my 19-hour labour, Frankie was our rock. She helped us move into labouring positions and advocate for our wishes in the hospital. She fed me water, put my clothes on, cleaned up my vomit, helped me breathe, and coached me through panic attacks – and she did so while completely respecting the woman that I am. Even though giving birth was the hardest day of my life thus far, it was also the day that I felt THE MOST loved and supported.
— Kirsten, Chris & Clare, Jasper, AB
I had a Doula for my second birth! Frankie was amazing at helping with pain relief. She kept me relaxed so my husband was able to focus on being with me and comforting me in a way only a husband can. Frankie definitely made it a beautiful and empowering experience.
-Megan & James, Hinton A.B
Personalized birth plan
Prenatal Yoga & Meditation
Techniques for Natural Pain Relief
Reading list and resources
Emotional and Physical Comfort during the entire birthing process
24/7 on call period ranging from 3- 5 weeks
Infant Care resources
Referral to Acupuncturist specializing in labour preparation
due to high demand, it is recommended to inquire about Doula care as soon as possible*
Franceska and her partner’s dedication to invest in elevated gathering spaces has lead them to acquire a 30-foot yurt on privately cared for land on the outskirts of Jasper, National Park. With much anticipation, the Yurt will be ready for Yoga and Meditation classes, workshops, events and outfitted as a birthing space by late summer of 2019.