Tracy Cuneo, CD (DONA) LCCE      - Graceful Birth Services, Serving Metro Atlanta
I can help you have
  • a shorter labor
  • a labor with less pain
  • less chance of a cesarean
  • confidence about birth
  • a birth where you feel safe and in
  • successful breastfeeding

 Graceful Birth Services 
  • Doula Services,
  • Monitrice Services
  • Childbirth Classes 
  • Lactation Assistance    
.....because every woman deserves a graceful birth!
What is a birth doula?
Doula is a Greek word that means "servant".  Today birth doulas are child birth professionals that have  extensive training and experience with the normal process of childbirth.  They offer emotional and physical support before, during,  and after the birth experience.  A doula supports the husband/partner in his special role, never taking his place but working with him.  A doula can offer advice on breathing techniques, physical positions that help labor, comfort techniques, and coping strategies. A doula  can  provide  emotional reassurance and comfort. She is also well trained in the many choices involved in labor and delivery.  A doula provides no clinical services, but instead is available for pregnancy,  the entire labor and birth, and postpartum period, to provide continual support.
Why do I need a doula?
Women who have a birth with a doula have:
  • 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
Information was obtained from mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).

Even if you are planning on having an epidural at your birth a doula can give much needed support.
What is a monitrice?
A monitrice is someone who offers doula services in the hospital offers additional services in early labor.  The monitrice offers fetal heart rate monitoring, blood pressure checks, and cervical checks.  She offers education about what these exams are about prenatally and encourages you to share the information with your midwife or doctor.  She does not interpret medical information for you, but empowers you with information so that you can make the best decision for your body.  If your goal is to stay home til 8cm, monitrice services, along with communication with your provider, can be key.  Once at the hospital, the monitrice takes on the doula role and performs no clinical tasks.

I have additional training beyond the doula scope of practice to be able to offer this service .

Now serving the La Grange area, Newnan/Fayetteville, and the metro Atlanta area .
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Do You Doula?
Filmed for a video challenge sponsored by Birth Matters Virginia, this seven minute documentary discusses the role of doulas during childbirth. If you like the film, please rate it and share it. Tha...
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