Wendy & McKenzie

Current member of the
Indiana Midwives Association, Doulas of North America,
Lafayette Area Doulas 
IMA Northen IN Consumer Rep.

( doo'lah)

Doula comes from the ancient
Greek word meaning
 "womans servant".

Today it describes a woman experienced in childbirth that provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before,
during and just after childbirth.

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“Helping the laboring woman to have a safe, healthy and satisfying birth experience by providing physical, emotional and educational support through pregnancy, labor and post partum.”

 My philosophy is that a woman should be able to birth her baby with support and encouragement in a place she feels safe. There is no right or wrong way to birth a child, but there are many ways to ensure that a woman, with her family, feels empowered and in control of what she is experiencing. I strive to support each woman to find her own unique pathway for birthing her baby and to maintain a calm, peaceful birth environment. Birth is an empowering positive experience for a laboring mom when she is surrounded with loving, gentle, encouraging support of another woman, her confidence in her ability to birth is increased and her birthing experience is enhanced.

                  Wendy Hinz, CD (DONA)

Nine Reasons why to have a Doula.

Numerous studies have shown that the continuous support
of a doula during childbirth has the following effects:

  1. Labors are shorter.
  2. There are fewer complications and interventions.
  3. Cesarean rates are reduced.
  4. Women request less pain medication and epidurals.
  5. Mothers experience less postpartum depression.
  6. Greater satisfaction with childbirth.
  7. Mothers feel more affectionate and bond more quickly with their babies.
  8. Babies have shorter hospital stays.
  9. Babies breastfeed more easily.
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Women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have:

      50% reduction of cesarean rate
      25% shorter labor
      60% reduction in epidural requests
      30% reduction in analgesia use
      40% reduction in forceps delivery

From Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth
                                       ~ Marshall H. Klaus (Perseus Press, 1993)

Things a Doula does not do...

  • does not provide medical advice
  • does not do medical examinations
  • does not assess the mother or infants health
  • does not replace the father or birth partner
  • does not tell the mother what she should do
  • does not speak for the mother

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For more information or questions contact:
wendy@wendoula.com or 574-278-6148

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Last updated on February 20, 2010

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