Updated: Sep 10, 2020
The birth of a child is probably the happiest event in most adults’ lives, especially for the parents. It’s a moment that, unless it’s recorded on video, can never be fully recaptured. The joyous occasion can be relived and “re-loved” by family and friends forever.
That’s why you should have your exuberant event be documented by Jacinta Lagos. She is a birth doula (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). Jacinta has been trained by DONA International, the world’s first, largest and leading doula-certifying organization.
The word “doula” comes from the Greek word meaning “woman servant.” If you are not familiar with what doulas do, here’s an explanation.
A doula offers support during the length of labor and beyond (doctors or midwives may change shifts, and some may only be present during the final stages of birth). Doulas, however, typically meet with you before the birth, will stay with you during the entire labor and delivery process, and will often make one or two post-labor follow-up visits to check on your breastfeeding progress and make sure baby is latching on correctly.
Studies have shown that doulas can help cut back on time spent in labor, reduce a mom’s anxiety, lower the rate lower the rate of medical interventions (including C-sections) and improve mother-baby bonding post-birth. Their assistance has even been shown to improve your odds of breastfeeding success, because many doulas are also lactation consultants.
A doula may be especially helpful for a mom-to-be who is on her own, by choice or because her partner can’t be present (for reasons such as military deployment).
You can contact Jacinta by phone (262-497-7800) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). She looks forward to talking to you about how she can preserve your precious memory!