Clearly these women were born for this work. They stayed strong for me through my 31 hour labor and knew when to push me to do what needed to be done. I wouldn't birth with anyone else!
Holistic Women's Care & Midwifery
Joyous Birth Midwifery, provides complete prenatal, intra-partum, postpartum care and Doula services. Included in the practice is appropriate lab testing, referral for ultrasound, and education/instruction to low risk expectant mothers desiring a homebirth experience. Pap testing is also available. Doula services provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after birth as well as practical support during the postpartum period. Available from the practice are Fem Caps for contraceptive purposes, natural menstrual products, such as Keepers, and Moon cups, cloth menstrual and breast pads, herbs and oils appropriate for pregnancy, birthing and beyond.
Cash, credit card and some insurances are accepted.
Doula services are provided by Steph Landis Bernholz. The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
• Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
• Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
• Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
• Stays with the woman throughout the labor
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
• Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
• Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
• Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level