Naturopathic Prenatal Care & Birth Doula Services
Who can Benefit from seeing a Birth Doula?
Are you pregnant and experiencing extreme morning sickness and aversions? Do you have fears about being a first-time mom? Are you seeking support in preparation for labour and delivery? A Naturopathic Doula can address all of these and answer many of your pregnancy & labour related questions.
What is a Birth Doula?
A Doula refers to a trained individual who provides emotional, physical and educational support to a mother-to-be, her partner and/or family before, during and after the birthing process. It is often referred to as a birth companion; someone who’s job is to ensure a positive birth experience for both the mother and baby. The Doula, you might say, serves as a mentor and childbirth coach, in complement to your Midwife or OB Doctor.
Can a Birth Doula work with my Midwife or OB Doctor?
While many women often choose to have a midwife and/or an OB Doctor for prenatal care and delivery. A Doula, works in conjunction with your birthing health team, but also recognizes that it is a key experience the mother will remember her entire life. A Doula offers practical advice, recommendations and support on common pregnancy related concerns. For example, if there is specific birthing style or birth experience desired, a Doula physically and emotionally assists the mother-to-be in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth. A Doula also facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers.
What’s unique about a Naturopathic Birth Doula?
Dr. Gayamali Karunaratna is unique in that she is dually trained as Naturopathic doctor (ND) and a Birth Doula. Her unique skills as a Naturopathic Doula gives her the distinctive ability to also offer treatment & recommendations such as dietary and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, acupuncture or acupressure, homeopathy, or other modalities that are safe, gentle, and effective during pregnancy. The mother and the baby often continue in the care of the Naturopathic Doctor post-delivery.
Can a Birth Doula help me during my delivery?
YES!! Having a Doula during pregnancy and labour has been found to be associated with reduced length of labour, lower rates of preterm births, lower rates of induction, lower rates of C-sections, and an overall sense of support and positive birth experience.
Chiropractic Prenatal Care
Dr. Kevin Ho is a certified Webster Technique provider. It is a Chiropractic treatment specifically designed for pregnant mothers. The Webster Technique is effective in relieving low back, sciatic and pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. Through the technique’s specific adjustments, it optimizes the movement and function of the pelvis, sacrum and sacroiliac joint in the pregnant mother. In some cases, pregnant mothers receiving the Webster Technique reported that their babies’ positioning normalized to a head down or Vertex position prior to delivery. This technique has been endorsed by many midwives and doula’s.