What is a Doula?
are three main types of doulas: Antepartum Doulas
Labor Doulas (during birth)
and Postpartum Doulas
(after the birth)
Anne supporting a mom during labor
Explore Each Role a Doula Plays:
Antepartum Doula Care
an antepartum doula will care for moms who are on bedrest
(whether at home or in the hospital), or mothers who are expecting
but have a very stressful, busy life and need some help preparing.
Antepartum doulas are also very helpful in families who already
have children, and now are experiencing a pregnancy with complications.
The Antepartum Doula role and fees are similar to those of
the Postpartum Doula, which
you can read more about below.
using essential oils to massage a mother's feet
and Birth Doula Care
Certified Labor Doula is an assistant who provides various forms
of emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy
and the childbirth process. They are non-medical and non-midwifery
caregivers, although their model of care reflects the values
of a midwifery philosophy. Certified Doulas are sometimes trained
in maternal/fetal positioning, to assist delivery. The biggest
benefit of Certified Labor Doulas is probably the natural pain
relief. When a mother's birth wishes include avoiding medications
and interventions, her doula will be an active, invaluable participant
in coaching and supporting her through the process.
delivery, doulas are in constant, close proximity to the mother
at all times. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner
and offer reassurance. A doula acts as an advocate for the mother,
encouraging her in her desires for her birth. The goal of a
doula is to help the mother have a positive and safe birth experience,
whether the mother wants an un-medicated birth or is having
a planned cesarean birth.
mom with affirmations & encouragement
the birth, many labor doulas will spend a short time helping
mothers begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding
between the new baby and family members.
having a doula assisting you through labor can decrease your
chances of cesarean, there are no guarantees. Tranquil Seasons
owner Anne Croudace
has cared for 300+ families throughout the childbearing year.
Out of all the births she has attended, only 4 ended in an unplanned
(though very necessary) cesarean. That's a pretty encouraging
statistic. While she cannot make you any guarantees, you have
more than a good chance of avoiding a surgical birth when you've
got Anne by your side, if that is your ultimate goal.
April and her FIVE beautiful daughters
Seasons provides postpartum mother-care, newborn-care and support
to families with newborns, including multiples, preemies and
special needs babies. This service goes above and beyond what
is offered by Overnight Baby Nurses and Newborn Nannies.
Postpartum Doulas that work with Tranquil Seasons are highly
trained, skilled professionals, with an ethics board and international
certifying association behind them, which "newborn nannies"
and "baby nurses" don't have. Certified Postpartum
Doulas are not high-priced babysitters. All the doulas with
Tranquil Seasons work as a team, are highly accountable and
well-trained. We can also provide you with background checks,
Another BONUS: The Certified Postpartum Doulas at Tranquil Seasons are reimbursable by your insurance company as out of network providers.
You might like to read more about the difference between these "baby care giver" titles on the San Antonio Birth Collective website.
Certified Postpartum Doulas assist the new mother and her family in many ways, including:
- emotional support for mom,
- Postpartum Depression/Anxiety care and recovery
- Assistance w/Multiples, Preemies and Special Needs babies
- newborn care and education,
- comforting, and teaching how to soothe a crying baby,
- stimulating your baby's intelligence and learning abilities,
- circumcision care and bathing,
- and holding techniques
- household maintenance such as dishes, laundry, etc.
- meal preparation
- sibling care
- overnight newborn care so parents can get the rest they need
- preparing your home for baby & Going GREEN!
focus is to make sure the mother is getting enough rest and
eating well so she can produce enough breast milk to feed her
newborn(s). If the mother is bottle feeding her baby, the doulas
are trained in sterilization and in preparation of formula.
amazing miracle of bringing a new life into your family is a
time of celebration and shouldn't be cluttered with phone calls,
extra appointments and the hopes of finding a care giver that
Tranquil Seasons to provide you with a Doula gives you an edge
that you won't have when searching for the right doula, alone...
Anne with client
Amy and Baby Anna
"I don't know what we would have done without Tranquil Seasons.
We came home from the hospital already sleep-deprived, exhausted,
and emotional. Our doula tactfully and sensitively helped us to
establish a "new normal". She was incredibly professional,
while at the same time very warm and loving toward my baby, and
nurturing toward me. She showed us not only how to get through
the challenging first two weeks of our baby's life, but also how
to become the best parents we could be. "
- Monica, mom to Asha
Help with reimbursement from HSA, FSA and Health Insurances
- Current Background Checks
- Loads of references, happy to speak to you
- Personal, No-Obligation Interviews
- Needs Assessment and Care Plans done by an experienced Doula
Trainer to help you pinpoint your needs and the areas where
your doula will have the greatest impact.
- 24/7 availability, guaranteed placement in your home.
- Competitive rates for exceptionally skilled care givers.
- Individualized Care Packages
- Private and Confidential Service
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- Experienced, Sensitive and Culturally Respectful
Anne About Support
Our Doulas are eager to help you create a healthy home environment
for your growing family.
Ask us to help you Go Green
for your baby!