We must ensure that the values of birth justice and human rights in childbirth are upheld and respected in the way pregnant people and their families are treated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
VBI will be focusing our efforts on local regional offerings, as well as national support. We are offering full spectrum Virtual Doula Support through all stages of pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and loss as well as educational classes and trainings.
What is Virtual Doula Support?
We want to ensure pregnant and parenting families receive ongoing education, guidance and reassurance needed to make informed decisions during this time of social distancing. This is the safest way to protect families, birth workers, and communities. Virtual doula support fills a necessary gap in our healthcare system by providing unconditional support and resources to families.
Virtual Doula Care includes the following:
- Up-to-date information to process feelings around giving birth or parenting during the pandemic
- Creating Birth Plans
- Planning for births with hospital restrictions
- Ongoing Childbirth Education and informed decision-making during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
- Comfort measures and labor techniques. Supportive care and education for partners and families
- Navigating medications, inductions, and compassionate cesarean birth
- Breastfeeding education and postpartum lactation support
- Postpartum education, recovery and transitioning to parenthood
- Postpartum mental health wellness
- Unconditional support for perinatal wellness and healing after birth
Additional virtual support offerings include:
Childbirth Education and Newborn Care
Birth Counseling (Before and After)
Parenting Support Groups
The foundation of these offerings are rooted in a birth justice and human rights framework. We want every birthing person and parent to know that support goes beyond the physical right now and is available on a 24/7 basis as we navigate the very challenging reality of this pandemic.
Doulas offer nonclinical support and education to ensure healthy perinatal health outcomes for families. VBI Doulas do NOT give medical advice or replace physicians or midwives. We provide evidence-based education and support so that people can make informed decisions during the childbearing year. As stated by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), doulas are “essential personnel and part of the maternity care team”
VBI is committed to working in collaboration with public health and medical providers so that families have accurate, up-to-date information while healthcare facilities are focused on containing and testing during the COV19 pandemic.
Packages, Sliding Scale, and Free Offerings are included. Be well.
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