Looking for … a Doula?

I’m Lynne Dyment, in Gibsons, BC,
offering traditional birth doula services
throughout the lower Sunshine Coast.

If you’re seeking a supportive,
experienced, professional doula,
please , or
telephone me at 604-886-2965.

Lynne with Caillie (born 1997, at home in Toronto, Canada)Lynne with Riku (born 2002, at a maternity clinic in Osaka, Japan)

Our Doula … is Lynne Dyment

What’s a Doula?

Briefly, a doula (Greek: “woman’s servant”) is a supportive companion, professionally trained to provide labor support. Experienced in childbirth, a doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth. The doula advises on breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning, etc., and helps families gather information about the course of their labor, and their options. Perhaps her most crucial role is the provision of continuous emotional reassurance and comfort.

The doula’s goal is to help provide a safe and satisfying childbirth as the client defines it.

Why Would I Want One?

Doctors, nurses, and midwives focus on medical issues, assessing the conditions of the mother and fetus, diagnosing and treating complications as they arise, and focusing on the safe delivery of the baby; these rightly take precedence over the non-medical psychosocial needs of laboring women. The doula helps ensure that these latter needs are met, while enhancing communication and understanding between the woman or couple and the staff. Studies indicate that doula-assisted births increase mother/baby bonding, improve pain management, and decrease the incidence of complications. They are also a lot less stressful!

Further details on these studies, and the role of doulas in general, can be found in a comprehensive DONA publication, “The Doula’s Contribution to Modern Maternity Care”.

For More Information …

… concerning the varied roles of doulas, the services I provide, and other related topics, you’re welcome to contact me at any time. Thanks for your interest. — Lynne