ROSE BIRTH & WELLNESS WELCOMES YOU
Proudly partnering with SLO Birth Collective, SMV Doula Collective, SLO Doula Connection, & Central Coast Childbirth Network on the Central Coast
ALL ABOUT EMILY
My name is Emily Cracknell and I am a trained Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Licensed Phlebotomist, and Essential Oil Specialist.
As a Birth and Post Partum Doula my goal is to give you and your family the attention and knowledge you need to make an informed plan about your pregnancy, birth, and 4th trimester. I am here to support, encourage, and celebrate you!
What You Need to Know
WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?
"A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible."
HOW DOES A DOULA BENEFIT ME?
Having a doula can increase the chance of spontaneous vaginal birth, reduce the use of forceps and a vacuum as well as other medical interventions and medications, and increase the likelihood of being at peace with the birth you have. Additionally, there is a 50% decrease in cesarean, 60% decrease in epidural requests, 40% decrease in oxytocin use and a 25% decrease in labor length. Birth is such a sacred and intimate time and shouldn't be interrupted with unnecessary negativity or medical intervention.
WHY HIRE A DOULA?
Regardless of birthing experience, hiring a doula allows you to create a labor space unique to your own preferences and comfort. A doula will build a trusting relationship with you and advocate for the birth plan you desire to follow, on your terms.
WHAT DOES SUPPORT FROM A DOULA LOOK LIKE?
"Physical support from a doula includes the use of massage, pressure, and soothing touch. Doulas create a calm environment, assist with water therapy, and help keep you nourished with ice chips, food, and drinks.
Emotional support from doulas helps people feel a sense of pride and empowerment after the birth. Examples of emotional support include encouragement and praise, helping you see your situation more positively, keeping you company, showing that they care for you, and helping you debrief after the birth.
Doulas can also support you with information during pregnancy and birth. For example, they can guide you and your partner through labor and suggest techniques like breathing, relaxation, movement, and changing positions. Doulas help you find evidence-based information about your options, and they can help explain medical procedures.
As far as advocacy goes, most doulas will not speak on your behalf. However, doulas should support you in your right to make decisions about your body and your baby. They will also use advocacy techniques such as encouraging you to ask questions and speak up for what you want. Doulas can also enhance communication between parents and providers.