Tracy Cuneo, CD (DONA) LCCE         Fayetteville, Georgia    - Graceful Birthing Doula Services
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 Birthing Doula Services, Monitrice Services,  and Childbirth Classes     
.....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 the entire labor and birth 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 provide support, reassurance, and comfort.  She can help you cope with contractions until the medication works, help you understand the normal stages of labor, provide massage, aromatherapy, and light settings to make your birth peaceful and joyful.  A doula can help with siblings if they wish to be at the birth.  A doula also helps after the birth with establishing breastfeeding.  As your doula, I visit you at home during the post partum period to answer questions, help with breastfeeding problems, and answer questions about newborn care.

A labor doula...
  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers.
  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience
Where do doulas work?
A doula can meet you at home in the early stages of labor or at the hospital. 


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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