Tender Hands Doula Service



I am a CAPPA certified labor doula and provide labor support and comfort for hospital, home births or birth center births. I am available in South Carolina's Upstate in Greenville, SC and surrounding areas (Easley, Greer, Taylors, Travelers Rest, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Pickens, Marietta).  As your birth assistant, I will work with you to help you have the best birth possible. I have been a birth doula since 1987 and have 8 children of my own.  I understand the special needs and concerns a laboring woman has.
  I can assist you with a good pregnancy diet, advice during pregnancy, emotional support, explanations of medical procedures and help with beginning breastfeeding.  I will not replace the father, but will encourage and support him in his role.  Every women should have a special TEAM to support her in labor!
  Birth is one of the most exciting and special times in a woman's life.  I hope I will have the opportunity to help you have a wonderful birth experience. 
  For more information on my service, please visit www.tenderhandsdoulaservice.com 
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Recommended reading:
The Doula Advantage  by Rachel Gurevich
The Birth Partner   by Penny Simpkin
The Birth Book    by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.
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About Doulas

The term doula is Greek for slave or servant. Doulas provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. They call themselves many things including: Childbirth Assistant, Labor Support Professional, Birth Assistant, Birth Companion, etc.

A doula does not speak for a couple, provide medical or clinical skills, or act in any unprofessional manner (Most organizations have Policies that each doula must follow.).

A doula provides:

explanations of medical procedures

emotional support

advice during pregnancy

exercise and physical suggestions to make pregnancy more comfortable

help with preparation of a birth plan

massage and other non-pharmacological pain relief measures

positioning suggestions during labor and birth

helps support the partner so that they can love and encourage the laboring woman

avoid unnecessary interventions

help with breastfeeding preparation and beginnings,

written record of the birth

many other possibilities that vary from doula to doula

What does a doula cost?

This also varies from area to area and doula to doula. Some of this is based on the experience your doula has, some is based on the going rate in your area. The basic range would be from $300-$800.

According to Mothering the Mother, How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell (1993), having a doula can give you a:

50% reduction in cesarean rates

25% shorter labor

60% reduction in epidural requests

40% reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use

30% reduction in analgesia use

40% reduction in forceps delivery

Why Use a Doula?

In order to have a positive birth experience, most women need continuous labor support. Although Obstetrical Nurses are experienced in dealing with a laboring woman's emotional and physical needs, they can seldom guarantee the support they provide will last throughout the labor - especially in hospital settings where shift changes, coffee breaks, heavy paperwork and busy nights regularly occur. Some OB nurses handle more than one laboring couple at a time. Midwives may be able to offer more labor support, but they too have clinical duties to which they must attend.

Fathers...

The 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.

Will the Doula replace the father?

Some fathers or partners are concerned they may be sidelined or replaced by the Doula during labor. Although individual situations vary, and one should question a prospective doula about her philosophy, generally the answer to this question is no - she will not replace him. Studies have shown that fathers usually participate more actively during labor in the presence of a Doula than without one. A responsible Doula supports and encourages the father and enhances his support style rather than replaces him.

225 Eastbourne Rd
Greenville, SC 29611
United States

p. 864-238-2464

Services

  • Birth Doulas
  • Breastfeeding Support

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