What is a Doula?

“The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process.

A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.

Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.”

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About Lauren:

I am a Dean’s List Biology graduate of the University of Washington. I have been a Nationally Registered EMT for 4 years. I currently work as a registered Medical Assistant in an Urgent Care Clinic serving diverse populations. I am First Aid, CPR and BLS certified.

I am a strong advocate for women’s rights. I have spent days, months and years marching towards a future of opportunity for all women. I have spent recent months having conversations with women about the world we live in; about what we need and what we want. I am a deeply compassionate and empathetic person. I can not be witness of another woman’s struggle without feeling it deeply as part of my own struggle.

There is a lack of medical and emotional resources for pregnant women and it is women, and their babies, who suffer from this lack. Too many women, especially based on race and economic class, still die in childbirth, have major complications or have birth experiences that are disappointing. Childbirth should be prepared for equally emotionally and physically. Each mother should have the knowledge of her body, her needs, and her resources, to make the best decisions for herself and her baby. Pregnancy and childbirth is truly the epitome of women’s power and should be treated as such. The entire process should be an exercise in empowerment, beauty, and celebration for what we are capable of- creating life.

My dream is to create something where I can aid in this celebration in whatever way possible. I am truly at your service. The combination of my medical background, my personality and my experience will aid you in an educated exploration; a deep discovery and a deep appreciation for all that you are. I will aid you in the process of developing the confidence to understand what you need and want and ask for those things unapologetically. I wish to be the support you need. To be the support my mother would have wanted. To be the support I hope my grand-daughter will have.