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Doulas Northampton MA

Doulas are provide non-medical support to women during labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. Read on to find local doulas in Northampton and gain access to pregnancy massage, pregnancy emotional encouragement, childbirth education, breastfeeding supports, newborn care assistance, housekeeping, as well as advice and content on infant soothing skills.

Pioneer Valley Lactation Consulting
(413) 529-2200
14 Pinebrook Dr
Easthampton, MA
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Doula

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Springfield Pregnancy Care Ctr
(413) 732-2006
704 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA
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Doula

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Concepts Unlimited
(978) 263-1231
5 Granite Rd
Acton, MA
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Doula

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The Home for Little Wanderers
(617) 267-3700
271 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
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Doula, Mental Health Professional

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Springfield Pregnancy Care Ctr
(413) 732-2006
704 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA
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Doula

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Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts
(413) 737-2601
15 Lenox St
Springfield, MA
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Doula

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Tapestry Health
(413) 773-5403
80 Sanderson St
Greenfield, MA
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Doula

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Family Planning of Marthas Vineyard
(508) 693-1208
517 State Rd
Vineyard Haven, MA
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Doula

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Morse & Rosenbaum Counseling & Consultation Assoc
(978) 443-0998
321 Boston Post Rd
Sudbury, MA
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Doula, Psychologist

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Sullivans Medical Supply
(617) 325-0013
1 Corinth St
Roslindale, MA
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Doula

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The Difference Between A Midwife And A Doula

The Difference Between A Midwife And A Doula

When it comes to choosing a midwife or doula for your baby's birth, it can get a little confusing. Are a midwife and doula the same thing? Can a doula deliver your baby? Will a midwife administer drugs for pain management?

A midwife can deliver your baby, but she also provides you with emotional support during the delivery. She will help keep you calm and comfortable while you're in labor. However, her role is more clinical than emotional, so she will continuously take your vital signs and make sure that you are dilating normally for delivery. If at any time she feels that you need additional care, she will call a backup doctor and you will go to the hospital to deliver.

If all goes normally, she will delivery your baby and monitor his or her health immediately following birth. Sometimes, women find that a midwife may be very focused on catching the baby as it is born, and may not be able to devote as much emotional care to the mother. Every delivery is different, and some women feel that a midwife was able to give them more attention than they would have received from a physician.

A midwife can't give you pain management drugs, although he or she may have herbal remedies that might be effective against pain. A nursing midwife has a degree in nursing and training in midwifery, while a traditional midwife has received her training in midwifery, but does not have a degree in nursing.

A doula, on the other hand, is focused solely on your emotional and physical comfort during the delivery. A doula can't deliver your baby, so he or she is used in a hospital, birthing center or home birth with a physician or midwife. The doula does not assess the woman's health, or decide when she should go to the hospital or call the midwife. A doula will guide you through breathing techniques to help you relax, as well as make you comfortable with...

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