What is a Bereavement Doula?

We all know that pregnant women and women in labor can benefit from support of a doula.  But what about women who are experiencing the births of their babies in a totally different way than expected?

No one has "miscarriage" or "stillbirth" on their birth plan.    

What happens when your birth plan changes?  It's nice to know that there is a compassionate professional who will be there for this birth, provide you with resources, and give you information about what to expect during the process.  

Every pregnancy loss is different, but the support of your doula is always guaranteed.  Your doula is on call for you 24/7.  She will provide you with evidence-based information about the choices that you have in each individual situation.  She spends time with you prior to birth to process fears and share what to expect during the birth process that may be different from your original plan.  She will join you face-to-face during your labor (if you have one) and be there for you during the birth process, helping you with pain management, facilitating communication between your and your care providers and family, and sticking by your side every step of the way.  A bereavement doula is a trusted professional who is welcomed into a grieving family's space, and finds a way to make their experience as comfortable as possible.

 A bereavement doula is an expert in all things pregnancy loss, and can be your compass when it seems like you're completely lost.

If you've just discovered that your pregnancy will likely end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or a fatal diagnosis, and have questions about how you can benefit from the support of a bereavement doula, contact us today.