MAY 2019
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Doting Doula- Supporting Mom and Baby
by Dr Jill Diana Chasse
Mothers are having children with less and less support in today's society. The lack of support during pregnancy and birth often leads to more stress and greater complications.  In recent years, the addition of a doula to a family's support team has become popular for pregnant, birthing, and postpartum women.  

You may have heard the term, but what exactly is a doula? A doula is a trained support person who understands the psychology and physiology of birth and is skilled in multiple ways to assist the mother through childbearing and/or the postpartum period. A doula is not a medical or healthcare professional, but is educated in pain reduction techniques, coaching and parenting skills.

But I'm birthing in a hospital; isn't a doula only if I have a midwife? Not at all! As a matter of fact, moms that birth in the hospital find doulas even more helpful because communication with the medical staff is sometimes intimidating or difficult.

It's also nice to have someone around to explain things the mom may not understand such as medical tests or terminology. Mothers birthing in a birth center or at home can also hire a doula to support them, and help ease communication, instill relaxation, and prepare a welcoming environment. A doula can help support a mother and her partner, can help with siblings, and can even assist mom preparing food or setting up the perfect atmosphere with music or candles.

The physical and emotional support that a doula can provide has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of complications including cesarean section, anesthesia and vacuum extraction. Additionally, reducing the risk of postpartum depression is of significant importance to the entire family.

The mental and emotional health of a mother and her child has a direct impact on their physical health as well as the child's cognitive and psychosocial development.  There is a direct link between mom's emotional state and her baby's emotional well-being, development and behavior. This suggests that supportive, loving and helpful interventions by doulas during pregnancy can have a strong and positive impact on the baby's development.

 As more mothers begin to use doulas, there is a significant impact to infant and maternal complications and mortality including an increase in healthy birth outcomes, reduction in mental health problems, increase in the vaginal birth rate, and an overall improvement in the health and wellbeing of mothers and children.

Jill Diana Chasse

Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.

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~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
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Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE

~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
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Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of "Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying" your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE

~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
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Become a "Baby-Empowered Birthing Education" Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to "experience, understand and enjoy" the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE

This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.

Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
By Jill Diana Chasse

Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.


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