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 Doula Services

What does a Doula Do?

What Doulas Do Not Do

A Birth Doula is a professional care provider who understands and trusts the process of birth, who respects its transcendant and sacred aspects as well as its physical and emotional aspects, and who facilitates the birth experience.

  • Provides continuity of care prenatally through the postpartum period consisting of:

  • Emotional support

  • Educational support 

  • Physical support

  • Advocacy/Facilitation

  • Supports a woman in her birth choices and encourages woman-centered, low intervention (unless medically necessary), unmedicated birth as the safest possible choice for mothers and babies today.

  • Doulas are NOT medical professionals

  • They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring

  • They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions

  • They do not judge you for decisions that you make

  • They do not let their personal values or biases get in the way of caring for you (for example, they should not pressure you into making any decisions just because that’s what they prefer)

  • They do not take over the role of your husband or partner

  • They do not deliver the baby

  • They do not change shifts

Why Hire a Doula?

In recent studies, it was confirmed that when continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*

  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*

  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*

  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*

  • The ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recently released a recommendation for doulas. "Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continous one-to one emotional support provided by a support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes in labor. Benefits found in randomized trials include shortened labor, decreased need for analgesia, fewer operative deliveries, and fewer reports of dissatisfaction with the labor experience. You can read their full recommendations here 

  • http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Approaches-to-Limit-Intervention-During-Labor-and-Birth

 I am proud to serve diverse families from all walks of life. Honoring each individual family's own story, I aim to empower their birth experience with compassion, tools, education, and love. My doula journey began before the birth of my own daughter, when I was asked to attend the birth of a woman I had just met. I was so grateful and humbled to share in her profound experience. Eight years later, and I have an even deeper understanding of what an honor and gift it is to support a family through the birth experience. 

My first doula training was in 2012 with ToLabor with the executive director Thérèse Hak-Kuhn. It was an amazing introduction into the world of birthwork. To further my studies, I was drawn to train with CommonSense Childbirth founded by Jennie Joseph. I was fortunate to have Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra of The Cultural Wellness Center as my teacher along with Millicent Simenson of Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming. I learned how very important cultual humility can be during the birth journey. As a woman of both Native and Mexican descent I knew my path was to do as much as possible to close the gap in birth outcomes for under-served communities. For me, birthwork is activism, and a form of social justice.

I believe that every mother deserves to have a voice, options, support, respect and compassionate care, no matter the circumstances. I love watching families be born together through the power of this journey.

I have taken the Spinning Babies workshop with Gail Tully ( I am NOT a SB educator, or trainer), along with her 5 day Integral Touch of Birth-Professional Bodywork Education Seminar. I am on the pathway of becoming a Spinning Babies Aware practitioner.  I have also attended Dr. Carol Philllips Dynamic Body Balancing for pregnany workshop. I aim to help families understand how important balancing their body can be to help ease the discomforts of pregnancy and support a physiological birth.

There is no one right family, just as there is no one right way to give birth. With me as your doula I will support you in finding the way that is best for you. I will honor your cultural traditions and be an ally on your journey. I am honored to serve as a doula for EveryDay Miracles, Ahavah Birthworks, and Minnnesota Prison Doula Project.

 

Genevieve Bojado

Certified Doula (CD), MN State Registered

Community Outreach Perinatal Educator (COPE)

Community Based Lactation Educator (CBLE)

I am also currently in the process of obtaining my postpartum doula certification through IPPA.

"Children are the dream of our hearts wish come true"

Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have~ Robin Lim