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Birth Support

Labour Prep Acupuncture

40 minutes   |    $100.00

Through the use of specific points, acupuncture has been shown to help the body prepare for labour. This protocol will not induce labour unless the baby is ready. This protocol is not available unless you are 37 weeks or more. 

  • help soften the cervix

  • help baby move into the correct position

  • increases the uterus' response to labour.

Doula Package

$1000.00

This package includes:

  • 1 initial visit at your home

  • 24-hour on-call service for 4 weeks (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your estimated due date)

  • Naturopathic doula care all through your active labour until 2 hours after the birth

  • 2 post-natal visits (Day 3 and Day 7)

What is a birth support? 

15-minute Meet and Greet 

15 minutes   |    FREE

Dr. Quan also offers free 15 minute meet and greet consultations. This short appointment will allow for you to ask more about birth coaching, how it can help in your labour, and for you to see if this is a good fit for you. It is important to have trust and comfort with everyone on your birthing team. 

Learn more about birth support.

 

Birth Support  ~ Doula 

What's a birth support?

A birth support (a.k.a. doula or labour support) is a mother's physical emotional, and informational guide before, during, and after birth. Doulas have always been present at births, and are traditionally the women in the mother-to-be's life who had already experienced birth - mother, aunt, cousins, older sisters. Unfortunately, knowledge of birth and labour was lost at the dawn of modern medicine.

A doula complements the presence of midwives or obstetricians by giving the mother the support she needs during and after pregnancy. 

Doulas:

  • Recognize birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life, and help to nurture and protect the woman's memory of this experience.

  • Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour.

  • Allow the woman's partner to participate at their own comfortable level.

  • Facilitate communication between the labouring woman, her partner and their clinical care providers. 

...and why would I need one?

Studies show that when doulas attend births, women's labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily. These findings may be possible because the mother often feels safe during her labour when a doula is present.

Mothers who have continual support throughout their pregnancy:

  • Have shorter labours

  • Feel more satisfied with their birth experience

  • Are more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Are less likely to have a cesarean section (C-section)

  • Are less likely to use pain medication during labour

  • Are less likely to have forceps or vacuum delivery

If I have a midwife, do I still need a doula? 

A  midwife and a doula are both there to support the labouring mother, but they do focus on different things. Many midwives and obstetricians prefer labouring mothers to have doulas on their team since doulas are able to assess the situation and provide quick information for better care. 

Doulas mainly provide support to the mother and her partner throughout pregnancy, labour, and postpartum. 

They help the mother and her partner communicate their wishes and also provide any missing information to help guide informed decisions. 

They do not perform any medical exams, offer any medical advise, or micro-manage a birth. 

Midwives are the medical professionals who are in charge of the medical side of pregnancy, labour, and postpartum. 

They can offer medical advise, and can do medical exams like a cervical exam to diagnose and treat the mother. 

Doulas and midwives both work for you towards a successful pregnancy and labour. 

Calgary, AB

587-288-7547

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