What is a Birth Assistant/Doula?
A Birth Assistant/Doula accompanies women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. We support you and your family with the birth that YOU want. Birth Assistants/Doulas offer physical and emotional support, help you deal with the unexpected, and most importantly empower you! We serve all families with highly compassionate support, unbiased information as well as passion. We all come with experience and specialized training to help you make the most educated and empowered decisions regarding your birth possible. Doulas who are present during birth provide continuous in-person support during labor. While Postpartum birth assistants/doulas assist with the transition into your new role of becoming parents (again if this 2nd + birth).
As your Birth Assistant/Doula, we are working for you, not your caregiver or the hospital. We believe that you are in charge of your own birth and that we are the invited guest. We are there to serve you and help you have the type of birth you have envisioned for yourself.
We also strongly support siblings and their families as well. If you are preparing for your second, third or even fourth child, we assist with sibling involvement and helping children understand the transition and changes that will soon take place so they can cope with the newest addition to the family.
Why do you need a Birth Assistant/Doula?
A labor birth assistant/doula will meet with the woman and her family prenatally to discuss the woman's birth desires. She will help the soon-to-be parent(s) develop a birth plan and understand all the choices that encompass
pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.
11 independent studies have proven the following benefits to having a birth assistant/doula present at your birth:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in Pitocin/Oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
Yokebed Kandice Burts, CD is a woman of many skills. She is the founder of Blessed Queens and has been on a journey of assisting women, children and families for years in areas of childcare, education and support. She is not only a Traditional Birth Attendant, but a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, certified Life Coach, certified Midwife Assistant/Birth Assistant, Belly Binding Specialist and Childbirth Educator. She comes with a unique experience of having birthed in multiple settings (birth center, hospital and home), including her own unassisted Home Birth. She brings to the table a well rounded show of expertise on your team!
"I enjoy helping you feel like the Queen that you are!"