Open to Creation Birth Services

Believe, Breathe, Birth

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that you will remember forever.
  • Understands the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth.
  • Understands the spiritual and emotional needs of the expectant mother's and their partners.  
  • Assists women and their partners in preparing for, and carrying out their wishes for birth.
  • Stays with the woman and her partner throughout the labor, birth, and immediate postpartum.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping mom and her partner obtain proper information ensuring proper informed consent.
  • Facilitates communication between the couple and the clinical care providers.
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protects the woman's memory of the birth experience.
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level. 
  • Empowers parents to ask questions and communicate hopes, wishes and fears to birth team. 
  • Shortens labor
  • Decreased need for narcotic pain medication
  • Decreased need for assisted delivery (Vacuum) 
  • Decreased need for labor augmentation
  • Reduced overall cesarean section rate 
  • Decreased requests for epidural 
  • Increased positive feelings of childbirth experience
  • Increased mother/infant bonding
  • Increased success and satisfaction with breastfeeding
  • Decreased postpartum depression
  • Increased acceptance of infant
  • Decreased neonatal problems
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Increased satisifaction and confidence in partner


 

 

What is a doula?

Birthing and postpartum support

What a doula does not do: 

  • Does not perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, etc.
  • Does not give medical advice.
  • Does not make decisions for clients.
  • Does not speak for the clients. 


 

The benefits of doula support:

The doula role

Meet the doulas event


This event is a great way of furthering your understanding of how doulas work with couples during birth or the postpartum period. The first half is dedicated to educating the public on who doulas are, how we work with couples, how we work with partners, how we work with medical staff, and the benefits of having a doula, etc. There is also a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. The second half of this event gives you an opportunity to meet with as many or as few of the doulas as you would like. 


For a schedule of current events In your area please visit the follow websites:


San Francisco Bay Area:

Monterey Bay Area

Santa Cruz

​​​The word "Doula" comes from Ancient Greece, meaning a woman who serves, or woman servant. Today the word doula is used to describe trained, experienced professional that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to women and their partners before, during and after their birthing time. This type of doula is called a birth doula. A postpartum doula is a trained, experienced professional that provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. The information contained on these pages will focus specifically on birth doula services. For more information on either type of doula please visit the following certifying organizations: