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Welcome to Embraced Beginnings.  Providing birth doula services and childbirth education services to the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Why plan for birth when it can be so unpredictable?
It’s true that birth can be unpredictable, but that is where education can make a huge difference.  Birth is normal – women around the world have given birth for all of human history.  Having someone to teach you about what your body will go through and strategies to move through labor BEFORE the big day are extremely helpful.  Nothing can replace spending time prenatally to learn, explore and plan for your birth.

387077_155862001230882_2032534716_nWhat is a doula?
An ancient Greek word meaning “woman’s servant”.  Today the term refers to “a woman who is trained to provide support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of time following the birth”.

Birth doulas provide informational, physical and emotional support to mom and her partner.  Support is given anywhere a woman chooses to labor and birth her baby, including hospitals, birth centers and home environments.

“Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.” ~ DONA International.

Comfort measures that a doula may provide during labor are:  massage, visualizations, counter pressure on lower back, breathing techniques, position changes, help to create a calm peaceful environment, essential oils, warm or cold packs, comforting words and reassurance.1012819_493137524093796_486843545_n

Benefits of hiring a doula:
Increased chance of spontaneous vaginal birth
Reduction of analgesia
Reduction in pitocin augmentation
Reduction in the use of forceps
Reduction in cesarean births
Reduction in length of labor.
Click HERE to read the Cochran review on the benefits of having a doula.