Avry St. Peter RN, CD(DONA), CBE
Certified Birth Doula
Certified Breastfeeding Educator
Member of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
Registered Nurse in the State of Kansas
Trained in the Business Case for Breastfeeding
dou∙la (doo-lah) n.
Adapted from the Greek word meaning “female slave” or “woman caregiver.” It now refers to a woman companion who continuously provides physical and emotional support to a laboring mother and her partner during and after the birth process.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a professionally trained woman who has a vast knowledge regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care.
A doula works together with the mother’s "support team" including the doctors, nurses, midwives, partner and family. She does not replace anyone on the birth team.
She is educated regarding the emotional and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum and can inform you when making decisions about your birth.
A doula believes that childbirth is a normal, healthy process for a woman’s body and seeks to preserve that process during labor.
She is an advocate for you and your birth preferences. Anyone can use a doula, whether you want a natural birth, medical interventions or a Cesarean Section.
She strives to assist you achieve the birth experience you desire.
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." -Laura Stavoe Harm