Birth &Breath Devon Linton Handel
*Birth Doula *Prenatal Yoga *Fairy Hair
Special thanks to my Birth Doula & Friend, Elizabeth, to my sister, Lesley and several of my clients
for many of the images, as well as the video by Amanda Ditzel- Photography that are featured on this site.
What is a Birth Doula?
"One of the most positive developments in maternity care is the addition of the birth doula, who guides and supports women and their partners continuously through labor and birth. The doula is on call for you, arrives at your home or the hospital when you need her, and remains with you continuously, with few or no breaks, until after the baby is born. The doula is trained and experienced in providing emotional support, physical comfort, and nonclinical advice. She draws on her knowledge and experience as she reassures, encourages, comforts, and empathizes with the mother. She advises the partner about how to help, suggesting when to use particular positions, the bath or shower, and specific comfort measures.
A doula cannot and does not try to take over your role as the birth partner, because you know the mother better and love her and the baby as no one else does. But there are many times when a woman needs more than one helper in labor, and when her partner needs reassurance, advice, and help."
~Penny Simpkin, excerpt from her book The Birth Partner, A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
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Check out this short NPR clip on why having a Doula present with you for the birth of your baby can decrease the chances of preterm labor, as well as decrease the chances of having a Cesarean Section.
Recent studies have shown that having a Doula providing continuous care during labor makes it such that a woman is:
when compared to women who did not have a Doula, & had only her birth partner/ family member/ friend/ health care provider for support.
As your Doula, I will bring to your birth team:
Having a knowledgeable, compassionate, professional Doula can make a positive difference in birth outcomes.
When a woman feels supported, empowered & in control, often the results are:
What an inspiring way to begin a journey!
Why Choose a Birth Doula?
I am an independent contracting Birth Doula who is comfortable working in many birth settings- The Women's Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, Baby+Co in Cary, UNC Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, or a Midwife- Attended Homebirth- to name some of the many facilities & options here in our area.
As many of us are, I am on a journey. Mine, through being a Birth Doula, & Prenatal Yoga Instructor, is with the purpose of empowering women and their partners during a truly transformative time in your lives, the journey into motherhood, whether this is your first pregnancy, or you're growing your family.
I wish to honor each woman's unique experience in pregnancy, labor, birth, and those precious moments after birth. I support women who are: single, married, in multi-racial partnerships, co-habitating, LGBTQ, any race, ethnicity, and religion. There are so many ways to make a family. I support women who have experienced abuse, or pregnancy loss.
My purpose is to help facilitate a strong, supportive Birth Team, supporting & working together with your chosen birth partner(s) and health care provider(s) to help you have the birth that you envision.
Congratulations on your new journey! I look forward to setting up a time to connect with you soon!
Prenatal, Labor & Birth support for expectant parents.
Supporting growing families in Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Durham,
Apex, Sanford, Siler City & surrounding areas in the Triangle of North Carolina.