The Birth and Bereavement Doula supports families:

  • experiencing birth
  • enduring bereavement
  • facing any event where birth & bereavement may meet

                       A Birth and Bereavement Doula can support families experiencing:

  • birth in any trimester, and in any outcome
  • unconventional loss, which may include adoption or surrogacy
  • NICU care
  • “rainbow” subsequent live birth
  • full term, uncomplicated, live birth with no connection in any way to bereavement
  • newborn nutrition and lactation options
  • and more

    Benefits of Birth  Doula Support

  • Doulas supplement (not replace) childbirth professional / medical support to provide the following:
  • reduces overall Cesarean birth rate 50%
  • reduces the length of labor 25%
  • reduces Pitocin use 40%
  • reduces the need for forceps delivery 40
  • reduces requests for epidural pain relief 60%

    Benefits of  having a Bereavement Doula Support

  • Personal Doula support during miscarriage, stillbirth, fatal diagnosis or medical termination
  • comfort and reassurance during a difficult season
  • continued trauma informed care
  • provides information and supports for the grief and mourning process

 

Summit

On Monday May 16th at Mount Sinai Hospital a monumental event catapulted a movement into motion as healthcare professionals, perinatal organizations and bereaved families all came together  for the first ever Pregnancy & Infant Loss Summit.

Throughout the day multiple speakers shared how the current medical system deals with women who experience miscarriage, still births, or early infant deaths. They also spoke on how vital and necessary it is that there be a transformation in healthcare practices needed to support women, medically and psychologically.

The photo above is of two birth and bereavement Doulas with a doctor from Mount Sinai and MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence Mike Colle, who was instrumental in the organization and implementation of the Summit.

Mike Colle along with many pregnancy and loss professionals believes that Ontario needs to implement proper health care options to deal with the 30,000 distressed mothers who experience infant loss each year. Events such as this Summit is a great start in giving a voice to bereaved families, while breaking the silence and bringing awareness to the general public.

This comes after the historic passing of Bill 141: The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, Research and Care Act in December 2015. It was the first known healthcare legislation of its kind in North America.