We Are a Collaborative of Passionate Doulas and Birth Professionals

We empower, educate, and advocate for Kaua`i families to have safe and natural births free from unnecessary interventions.

Certified Doulas

Research shows that the quality services of a doula can ease the transition of adding a baby to the family, improve parental satisfaction, and support healthy postnatal recovery. The Seven Sisters Doula Collective offers quality doula services on Kauai, Hawaii.

Our Doulas

Meet the women of Seven Sisters Doula Collective.

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Services & Resources

Seven Sisters has an extensive Birth Network of birth service & resource providers. Childbirth classes, massage, acupuncture, postpartum care are some of the many options available.

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What is a doula?

The doula advocates for the client’s wishes as expressed in her birth plan, in prenatal conversations, and intrapartum discussion, by encouraging her client to ask questions of her care provider and to express her preferences and concerns. The doula helps the mother incorporate changes in plans if and when the need arises, and enhances the communication between client and care provider.

Why should I use a doula?

Having an experienced, calm presence on your birth journey is incredibly reassuring, often translating to less medical interventions, fewer complications, shorter labors, positive birth experiences, healthier babies and greater ease with breastfeeding.

 

What are the benefits?
Benefits of having a doula …
  • Decrease in postpartum depression
  • Increase in a mother’s feelings of control
  • Increase in positive feelings about birth
  • Decrease in interventions, anxiety and tension
  • Decrease in the need for medication
  • Increase in the chance for mother and father’s bonding with baby
  • Likelihood of a shorter labor

Statistics from Issue 33 of Pathways to Family Wellness, reposted from blog by Gretchen Bossio at https://www.babygizmo.com/2013/01/keep-calm-and-hire-a-doula/

What does a doula do?

A Pre-Natal Doula:

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Provides continuous physical, emotional and spiritual nurturing throughout your pregnancy and labor
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint
  • Helps the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

A Post-Natal Doula:

  • Offers education, companionship, nurturing and nonjudgmental support during the postnatal fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying 
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant breastfeeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth
  • Shares information on infant soothing and coping skills for new parents
  • Makes appropriate referrals when necessary

 

When should I contact one?

We encourage you to meet your doula as soon as you know you are pregnant.  It is wonderful to build a relationship with you and your family to better understand your pregnancy, birth & postnatal needs.

When you feel your first contraction, contact your doula to inform her of your state of being.  This helps the doula know you are very close to beginning labor and she can be ready for you anytime.  Of course, contact your doula for questions, tea time, a stroll, beach time, share meals, etc. at any time.

How will it help me?
Having a doula present during a hospital birth will reduce …
  • The odds of having an episiotomy
  • Cesarean section by 50%
  • Labor time by 25%
  • Epidural requests by 60%
  • Pitocin use by 40%
  • Analgesia use by 30%
  • Assisted labor, like forceps by 40%

Statistics from Issue 33 of Pathways to Family Wellness, reposted from blog by Gretchen Bossio at https://www.babygizmo.com/2013/01/keep-calm-and-hire-a-doula/

Services

Find the right birth services for you.

Counseling & Therapy

Homeopathy

Infant Massage

Lactation Consulting

Cranio Sacral

Aromatherapy

Yoga

Placenta Encapsulation

Reiki

Childbirth Education

Prenatal Yoga

Holistic Pelvic Care

Herbalism

Chi Gong

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