The word ‘doula’, pronounced ‘DO-luh’ comes from the Greek language, meaning “woman’s servant”. While it used to be the norm for women to assist other women throughout childbirth and immediately postpartum, our society, in general, shifted away from it, in favor of faster deliveries with more pain medication options. Now, however, numerous studies have shown the benefits of having a neutral support partner present throughout the process of pregnancy, labor and childbirth.
A doula is a trained professional who offers educational, physical, and emotional support to families during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Doulas help mothers feel more safe and empowered at a time when it’s easy to feel scared and vulnerable. Doulas also help to reassure partners, and give them the confidence and tools they may need to be more involved in the birth process.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” -John H. Kennell, MD
About the Doula
Courtney Biber is a mother of three, DONA International Certifying Birth Doula. Her passion for birth came about after she experienced firsthand how women can fall through the cracks in maternal care. After three difficult births of her own, she became committed to making sure that mothers were educated, empowered, and nurtured during this special chapter in their lives.
“The way a woman gives birth can affect the whole rest of her life. How can that not matter, unless the woman herself does not matter?”- Beverly Beech and Belinda Phipps
Courtney is trained and/or experienced in: Labor Comfort Measures, Unmedicated Births, Cesarean/Belly Births, Hypnobirthing, Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding In Same Sex Couples, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her passion to help shines through in her client testimonials.