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Will you have a Doula?

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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Hello!  My name is Ginny Mills.  I'm a mom of 3, ages 5, 8, & 18. I live in Jackson, TN.  I have a B.A. in Psychology - emphasis in Child Psych & Development; Minors: Early Childhood Ed and Marriage & Family Counseling. 

 

For over 8 yrs I worked as a Preschool Teacher as well as being a Curriculum & Developmental Behavior Specialist, a Parent Educator, and a Staff Trainer/Supervisor.  After the economy tanked, preschools began to close, and I became a Stay At Home Mom.  I tried making my hobby of making beaded jewelry into a business, but that was not very profitable or fulfilling.  I needed a way to turn my previous education and experience into something I'd love and was needed.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was always happy when helping new moms learn what to do or giving advice to pregnant women at the schools I was at.  Since I'm still in touch with the Doula who helped with the birth of my third child, I ran my thoughts by her.  She helped me realize that I really wanted to be a birth professional!

 

While IN TRAINING, I am offering my services at a substantial discount. 

I am working on my CAPPA Certifications for Labor/Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator! 

SERVICES OFFERED:  Labor Doula/Childbirth Educator-CAPPA Offering Full Prenatal, Labor/Delivery, & Immediate Postpartum

 

I am knowledgeable in the areas of:  Various styles of Pregnancy Massage & Relaxation, Music & Aromatherapy, Multiple Laboring Positions & Preparation Exercises, Birthing Ball, Breathing, Mental/Emotional Preparedness, Advocacy, Birth Plans, Advice on Postpartum Depression, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, & Sibling Rivalry.

 

Childbirth Education Topics Include:  Pregnancy Education, Natural Childbirth Options, What really is "Medically Necessary?", What to Expect in the Hospital/Birth Center, Birth Plans & Doctor's Guidelines, Labor Support Role, Massage & Exercise for Pregnancy & Labor, Relaxation Techniques, Reduction of Fear Techniques, Spirituality as an Option, Music & Focus, Aromatherapy, Newborns, Breastfeeding, Siblings, Relatives, Carseats, Postpartum Depression vs. Baby Blues, Stress Management Resources.

 

With me as your Doula, you get all my Childbirth Education, Psychology background and Parenting Education Background as part of the package!

 

So here I am, studying with CAPPA to become a Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator this summer!  I've been working hard on my new personal website: www.DoulaGinnysBirthSvcs.com

My Facebook pages:  Doula Ginny Mills: www.facebook.com/DoulaGinnyMills 

                       Doula Ginny's Birth Svcs: www.facebook.com/DoulaGinnysBirthSvcs 

                                       Facebook Group- Jackson TN Birth Pros: www.facebook.com/JacksonTNBirthPros

                                       My Yahoo Groups: West TN Birth Pros:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WestTNBirthPros/?yguid=529743048    

Email:  DoulaGinnyMills@gmail.com

I serve the Jackson, TN & Surrounding Counties - (70 mile radius) & Memphis, TN.

 

What is Labor Doula?

A doula is a person who attends the birthing family before, during, and just after the birth of the baby. The certified doula is trained to deliver emotional support from home to hospital, ease the transition into the hospital environment, and be there through the changing hospital shifts and alternating provider schedules. The doula serves as a labor coach and information source  to give the mother and her partner added comfort and additional support throughout the entire labor. She encourages and promotes self-advocacy, informed choice, and excellent communication between mother and care providers. There are a variety of titles used by women offering these kinds of services, such as "birth assistant," "labor support specialist," and "doula."

What Does a Doula Do?

The following is a general description of what you might expect from a CAPPA certified labor doula. Typically, doulas meet with the parents in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy to get acquainted and to learn about prior birth experiences and the history of this pregnancy. She may help you develop a birth plan, teach relaxation, visualization, and breathing skills useful for labor. Most importantly, the doula will provide comfort, support, and information about birth options.

A doula can help the woman to determine pre-labor from true labor and early labor from active labor. At a point determined by the woman in labor, the doula will come to her and assist her by:

  • •Helping her to rest and relax  
  • •Providing support for the woman's partner 
  • •Encouraging nutrition and fluids in early labor 
  • •Assisting her in using a variety of helpful positions and comfort measures  
  • •Constantly focusing on the comfort of both the woman and her partner 
  • •Helping the environment to be one in which the woman feels secure and confident 
  • •Providing her with information on birth options. 


 A doula works cooperatively with the health care team. In the event of a complication, a doula can be a great help in understanding what is happening and what options the family may have. The doula may also help with the initial breastfeeding and in preserving the privacy of the new family during the first hour after birth.

 

A Few Facts about Unnecessary Medical Interventions & Doula Prevention!  :) 

 

Having a Doula will: 

  • Decrease in Episiotomies by 60%
  • Decrease epidural use by 60%
  • Decrease Cesarean birth by 50%
  • Decrease pitocin/oxytocin use by 40%
  • Decrease narcotics use by 30%
  • Decrease length of labor by 25%
  • Decrease forceps/vacuum extractor use by 30%
  • Decrease postpartum depression by 40%
  • Decrease in negative rating for birth experience by 33%
  • INCREASE in successful VBAC births by having a strong advocate, who is well informed and trained to help women achieve that goal! 

Doula's can also increase initiation of breastfeeding with higher success rates for moms to breastfeed longer periods.


~Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator
Doula Ginny's Birth Svcs  www.DoulaGinnysBirthSvcs.com 
DoulaGinnyMills@gmail.com     731-499-7268     
Serving Jackson, TN & Surrounding West TN -Including Memphis

by on Jul. 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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by on Jul. 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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I had one with my first, she was amazing!!! She even photographed the labor and birthing, which was awesome!
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