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You Are Not A Statistic

You Are Not A Statistic

Every new year is an opportunity to compile statistics from the last. I see them broadcasted all over the Internet the first few days of the new year. It's disgusting. I wonder how those clients feel about suddenly being seen only as a number? As a successful outcome? As a negative one? Who decides what is a successful birth outcome? 

You do.  

My agency does not keep track of birthing statistics. There is absolutely no reason. Every birth is different and there is no right or wrong way to bring a baby into this world.  

I have read the comments on such posts trying to determine why the stats were posted in the first place. It became obvious: They want to be able to show clients how good of a doula they are! I saw comments on these Stat Posts that read "Good job!" "Those are great numbers" and "Keep up the good work!"  

Are you serious right now? Those stats seem to be posted for one reason. Self-satisfaction. And that's just gross. Those births are not about US! 

"But studies have shown that birthing with a doula provides a greater outcome!" Who decides what great is?! I'm so tired of OTHER people telling families what birth "should" be like.  

Non-Medicated, Epidural, Planned C-Section, Emergency C-Section, TOLAC, in a house with a mouse! We will support you here AND there. We will support you anywhere. And in any capacity.

As a professional doula, we are trained to provide 100% nonjugmental, unbiased support to every client. Period.  

Perhaps a great interview question would be, "Will you be recording my birth outcome as a statistic for future clients?" 

Our answer? Absoluely not.  

Birthing at Swedish Hospitals

Birthing at Swedish Hospitals

On average 9,000 babies are born annually within the four Swedish facilities here in the PNW.  

Each Issaquah Doula typically spends upwards of 18 hours with each of their clients with prenatal and postnatal visits including the duration of the birth.  The time spent with a doula affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency is valuable. We encourage conversations about your birthing and parenting philosophies and we take time to determine what comfort measures will suit you best. Your doula will be an integral part of your birthing team, not only supporting you but your partner as well. 

A lot of our clients are delivering at the Swedish hospitals throughout King County (First Hill, Ballard and Edmonds), but most notably here in Issaquah. The relationships that have been built on professionalism and the bridges that have been constructed with care have taken time and effort. The midwifery staff, nursing staff and doctors have been welcoming and receiving of the Issaquah Doula agency.  

Keeping up to date and knowledgeable about the hospital policies is key for a doula to work in synchronicity with the hospital staff. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency have been given the tools to obtain such policies and the outcomes have been glorious. Swedish Hospitals throughout the greater Seattle area have benefited from the doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency. Each month Issaquah Doula participates in the Midwifery Centering class. Teaching the expecting parents about the roles of a doula and answering questions. The Issaquah Doula agency has carried out many conversations with Swedish staff and attended the on-site Breastfeeding Drop-In to determine the community's need for a Postpartum Support Group, now another faucet of care and support for our growing community. 

My agency has a ProDoula foundation. Each of the affiliated doulas have been trained/certified by ProDoula.  The certification process is extensive and leaves each doula with a better understanding of the facilities she works at with her clients, along with being CPR & First Aid certified. 

Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists have the highest standards of practice in the industry. We follow strict guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and we are the only Postpartum Placenta Specialists who can guarantee that the placenta you are consuming is in fact the one you birthed, since you are responsible for its transportation and we process inside your home.  

I aligned my agency with the doula certifying organization that understands the value of professionalism within our industry. I aligned with ProDoula to instill strength into my community. I chose ProDoula doulas for my agency because professionalism and compassion are the core values in my philosophy. 

When you hire through Issaquah Doula, your doula's backup is built in.  That means that essentially you are hiring the whole team. We are able to collaborate on ideas, gather information and provide you with the comfort and support you need to have a fantastic pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period.  The moment you sign a contract through the Issaquah Doula agency, your contracted doula is available to support you via phone, text, email or in person. There is no waiting until you are full-term, we are there from day one and we will remain by your side for as long as you desire. 

Having the team of Issaquah Doulas at your beck and call leads to a desirable postpartum period.  You may parent with confidence in knowing that your Issaquah Doula supports all of your choices and she will become an extension of you and/or your partner. 

The fluidity of support by extending your care by utilizing the expertise of a postpartum placenta specialist,  knowledge and comfort of a postpartum doula allows the transition into parenthood to be as seamless as possible. Our postpartum doulas are trained to recognize behavior that falls outside the range of normal. She will help care for your newborn, your older children and teach you newborn tricks that correspond with your parenting philosophies while preparing delicious meals for your family. Our Postpartum Doulas also provide Overnight support so that you may rest. 24 hour live-in care is also available.  

The training and continued education our doulas receive is standard within the Issaquah Doula agency. The team of doulas meets regularly to stay current in our field. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency are professionals. Each of us are providing for our families and we understand the importance in our role as your doula. Our commitment to excellence puts you first. 

The ProDoula family extends it's on going support to all their doulas and by maintaining professionalism with the nations most progressive, and compassionate doula certifying organization you can have confidence in the doulas you hire through the Issaquah Doula agency.  Choosing to hire through the Issaquah Doula agency provides you with doulas who were trained by the same certifying organization, implementing the cohesive and professional support you deserve. 

You are our number one priority. You have the opportunity to attune and connect with our affiliated doulas. Our agency doulas provide you with support, education, information and validation. We trust in your ability to birth. We believe in your choices. We hope you choose to hire through Issaquah Doula; where you will find integrity within the care you will receive from one of our agency doulas. We will surpass all of your expectations. 

The Issaquah Doula agency is your leading professional support and we look forward to serving your family! 

 

 

 

 

With Pride

With Pride

To Whom it May Concern,

Recently Ina May Gaskin and many others signed an Open Letter to MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) that requested a change of vocabulary used in their organization's Core Competencies document. 

The document has replaced words like "woman" with the updated and politically correct "pregnant individual" and "birthing parent".

These changes however have created quite a stir and thus the Open Letter was created and signed by many.  

I will not be signing that letter.  

The foundation of the letter is biology and women's oppression and autonomy regarding birth. What I don't understand is the need to exclude others who also identify as being a woman or a birthing person.  

The letter reeks of heterosexism.  

I can't imagine working in this industry, one that is based on nonjudgmental support, only to turn my back on fellow humans by signing and agreeing with the Open Letter.  

The Issaquah Doula agency will never turn our back on you. We support every person and every family. As professionals, using inclusive language is just as important as giving all of our clients the same amazing support.

With Pride, 

Denise Foreman 

Interested in other doulas who stand up to nonsense? Check out these blogs:

Intown Doula & Hamilton Doula Group

 

 

 

Do Not Touch

Do Not Touch

"Do Not Touch" was recently scribbled on a piece of lined paper and taped to a plastic container in the office refrigerator.  

There's always someone forgetting their lunch and sneaking into your sack to "borrow" your yogurt, apple or sodapop.  

Wouldn't you love to see the surprise in their eyes when they discovered the contents within this particular container?!   

A human placenta.  

Yup.  

A doula took her client's placenta in order to give it to the placenta encapsulator, but first had to go to her new day job for her scheduled shift.  

Solution? Why a piece of paper ordering her co-workers to KEEP OUT of course! 

This is real life.  

But this does not have to be your life. As a PROFESSIONAL Postpartum Placenta Specialist trained by the amazing Deb Pocica and upholding standards set at an industry high by ProDoula, you will have #nodoubt that YOUR placenta is treated with respect, honor and professionalism.  

One of the main differences is we supply our clients with a Transport Kit that meets the World Health Organization's guidelines. You are responsible for the transport, this way your precious placenta NEVER leaves your sight. We arrive to your home to not only process your placenta into encapsulated pills, tinctures and salves, but we are there as Postpartum Doulas. We can answer questions and assist you during this transitional time.  

Our clients are grateful for this professionalism. They know without a doubt that their placenta is in fact the one they birthed and that it was NEVER in a communal refrigerator in jeopardy of being contaminated or worse! 

 

 

The Issaquah Doula agency is proud to uphold ProDoula's high standard of practice here in King county Washington. 

Interested in having your placenta encapsulated? Hire a professional.  

Dare to be Great

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Dare to be Great

We've all seen that awesome 80's movie, Say Anything; the one where he holds up the boombox blasting Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes, while wearing a fashionable brown trench coat. Did you know it was featured in nearby Seattle? I love movie trivia. In the movie John Cusack's character, Lloyd Dobler remarks, "I am looking for a dare to be great situation."

What's yours?

Is it the way you want to birth your child? At home, in a hospital, in a tub?

Is it the way you choose to feed your child? With your breast or a bottle?

Whatever philosophies you choose, they will be the right ones.

My "dare to be great situation" is to provide you with education, support and strength.  I do this by being your pillar, your shoulder, your doula.

I do see it...in your eyes. You hold the power, the light and the force. You are a mother. You are able. Instead of a boombox, I want to hold up a mirror for you. I want you to see with your own eyes how spectacular you are.

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Support Team

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Support Team

It is vital to have a great support team. The overflowing joy and love from those special people is amazing. They provide encouragement, understanding and tons of love.

Baby makes his debut during the witching hour? No problem. During the school performance of Romeo & Juliet? Piece of cake. Speaking of cake, we know sometimes those babies arrive on already established birthdays...no big deal. Why? Because having a baby is the most spectacular event that takes place on this planet. All the support makes these events that much more special.

The support team I'm talking about is MY family. That's right. My husband and our three sons. They know that my passion is serving you. They get it. They totally understand if I have to leave in the middle of whatever it is we're doing. They see how important my role is as YOUR support team.

I am forever grateful for the love and support my family provides.


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Why Do I Doula?

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Why Do I Doula?

There are a lot of reasons why I doula. The number one reason is: birth is exciting!

We've all heard that, "every pregnancy is different" - there is nothing but truth to that statement.

Every woman has expectations, hopes, fears and ideas of how her labor will pan out. Most of these thoughts are due to outside sources; television, movies, family, friends and even that frazzled mother at the park...

It's exciting for me to see the realization on an expecting parent's face when they discover their OWN birthing philosophies; one that is not swayed by anyone. Suddenly she is in control. Of her choices, of her providers, of her birthing location and especially her thought pattern.

These positive actions will lead to an outcome that is received and respected by herself; because she was in control and made decisions based on education and intuition.

That is why I doula. To be that pillar of education, support and love that defends your birthing philosophy. No matter what.

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