"Birth in Peace" Doula Services
Welcome to the doula section of this website. As women serving women, our goal is to equip you, the mother, with the knowledge and the tools necessary to be in control of your birth experience. To “birth in peace” means that you will come away from your birth with positive, peaceful, joyful memories. To give birth back to the mother; to allow it to be an experience which affirms her power, her strength, the amazing capacity of her body; to empower the mother through the birth experience so that she can enter into motherhood feeling confidant in her ability to nurture her child; to keep intact the powerful bonding experience of the mother and baby immediately following birth; this is our hope for birth.
Through the complementary disciplines of pre-natal yoga and exercise, pre-natal nutrition, and doula services, we offer the pregnant woman a full range of services to guide her through the experience of labor and delivery. In addition, we work closely with massage therapists, acupuncturists, post-partum doulas, and lactation consultants to insure that the needs of the mother are met through labor, delivery and the postpartum period.
We also have resources available for women struggling with infertility. Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes can be discussed and recommended, as well as support.
The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek and is now used to refer to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.” Research studies have found that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter, there are fewer complications, and there is less need for oxytocin to speed labor, for forceps or vacuum extractor deliveries, or for pain medication, epidurals, or cesarean deliveries. Babies are also healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula…
- Recognizes childbirth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
- Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make good decisions
- Facilitates communication between laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of her birth experience
The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional wellbeing of mothers and infants. They are found in many birth settings, from the home to the hospital, and work in cooperation with physicians, nurses, midwives, and the partners and families of laboring women.
Jessica Bellofatto, New York Doula
Jessica Bellofatto has been interested and in awe of birth since witnessing the home birth of her cousin at the age of fifteen. Ever since that experience, she knew she needed to someday be able to witness the miracle of birth more regularly!! Upon becoming pregnant with her first child in 2000, Jessica threw herself into preparing for her birth, taking Bradley classes and reading every book she could get her hands on about labor and delivery.
A less than satisfying birth experience left her wondering what she could have done differently, and when she became pregnant again in 2004, she took steps to ensure that her second birth was a more fulfilling, positive experience. One of the things that Jessica felt most strongly about after her first birth was that she needed more support, both emotional and physical, and that that support needed to be from strong women. She enlisted the help of her friend Holly Li for her second birth, who wound up catching her baby girl after a (very fast!) labor that ended in a planned home birth.
Jessica feels that what is most lacking for women in labor is a support system of women who believe in the natural course of labor and delivery. She hopes that through her doula work with women, she can provide women with choices and options, so that they can have the birth they desire. Jessica has also studied related disciplines such as Thai Massage and Reiki, is a highly esteemed yoga teacher (owner of the KamaDeva Yoga studio in east hampton, teaching among other styles, pre-natal yoga) and is currently pursuing her Doula Certification through DONA.
- The Athlete's Plate: Nutritional Guidance
- Comfort in Labour (PDF) ~ Penny Simkin, PT, CD (DONA)
- The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth ~ Sheila Kitzinger
- Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions
~ Barbara Harper
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth ~ Ina May Gaskin
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth ~ Henci Goer
- Yoga for Pregnancy ~ Janet Balaskas
- Birthing from Within ~ Pam England
- A Good Birth, A Safe Birth ~ Diana Korte
Pre-Natal Massage & Alternative Therapies
- Organic Performance/Adam Kelinson, Pre and Post-Natal Nutritional Guidance & Support
- Glenn Goodman, Homeopath: 631-278-2334
- Jill Blakeway, Acupuncturist (Fertility): 212-533-2255
- Karin Auwaerter, Craniosacral Therapy: 631-725-2469
- Britta Dubbels, Hypnosis and Therapy
- Julie Sigler-Baum at East End Acupuncture: 631-329-5292
Childbirth Classes - Take with your Partner/Hubby!
We are looking into options here and will get info to you soon.
Thank you for this new baby. Would you protect and nurture this baby and bring this pregnancy to full term. In labor, would you remove all fear and replace it with faith and expectation. Please give those attending the birth wisdom to take the best care of mother and baby. Please let this baby be born normal and whole, healthy and strong, and with no complications for mother or baby.