What Does a Doula do?
Birth doulas provide information and support during pregnancy, and labor and birth. Below is a general list of what they do. Each birth, each woman, and each family is individual, so needs will vary.
Many doulas offer other services, such as placenta encapsulation, childbirth education, and lactation services.
Doulas providegreat support and comfort. Studies show the increase in vaginal birth, the lower rates of cesarean-section, and increased confidence in mothering when women have the support of a birth doula. For more about the postpartum doula check out this blog post.
What happens when the birth that was envisioned, and all the practicing of comfort measures, and information provided does not create the desired birth outcome? What happens when a woman who wanted a natural birth has an epidural, and a long drawn out vaginal birth with much intervention, or a cesarean-section?
General Information About Reiki
Reiki is universal life force energy. It is the energy in and around us. You can’t see it and it is there. The Reiki practitioner is a channel for the energy. Anybody can become a Reiki practitioner. The Reiki Master passes on the Reiki through a series of attunements. In summary, you would take a Reiki 1 class, and spend 21 days doing Reiki on yourself, and practicing on others. The more practice, the stronger the channel you become. More is discussed and learned in class.
If you are open to healing yourself and being a healer, and have a desire for spiritual connection and growth, then becoming a Reiki practitioner may be the next right thing for you.
There are many benefits to this practice, although the medical research and literature lacks in quantitative, randomized controlled studies. There is much anecdotal evidence from Reiki recipients and practitioners; including feeling relaxed, sleeping better, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Reiki for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth, and The Postpartum Period
Where does all this fit into the childbirth experience; before, during and after? The mind and body can become stressed during this time. Doulas who can provide Reiki are bringing another relaxation tool to the table. One in seven women will experience a perinatal mood disorder. Because there are no side effects from Reiki, it can be used with all other medical interventions. The Reiki energy will go where it needs to; removing any blocks.
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