WNY Doulas guide moms-to-be through childbirth
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WNY Doulas guide moms-to-be through childbirth


PEOPLE. SOME COMPANIES HAVE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RUN. THIS YEAR’S RACE IS ON JUNE 15TH. A GROUP OF 5 WESTERN NEW YORK WOMEN ARE ON A MISSION TO GUIDE MOMS-TO-BE THROUGH CHILDBIRTH. NEWS 4’S ANGELA CHRISTOFOROS INTRODUCES US TO THE WESTERN NEW YORK DOULAS AND TELLS US MORE ABOUT HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. ANGELA. NALINA THE WESTERN NEW YORK DOULAS ARE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS – BUT ALSO MOMS THEMSELVES. IN FACT BETWEEN ALL FIVE OF THEM – THEY HAVE 20 KIDS AND 1 ON THE WAY! THEY HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE AND USE IT TO HELP GUIDE OTHER WOMEN ON THEIR JOURNEY TO MOTHERHOOD. TAVIS BAISH IS A MOTHER OF TWO – WITH ONE ON THE WAY THIS SUMMER. ((WITH MY FIRST BIRTH I WAS PRETTY UNINFORMED AND I JUST DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I HAD THE SUPPORT OR THE KNOWLEDGE OR THE CONFIDENCE TO HAVE THE BIRTH THAT I WANTED.)) BUT TAVIS SAYS THAT TOTALLY CHANGED WITH BABY NUMBER TWO – THANKS TO THE HELP OF HER DOULA, TARA. ((SHE CAME OVER TO OUR HOUSE TO CHECK ON US WHEN WE WERE IN LABOR WE WERE BEING MONITORED.)) TARA IS 1 OF THE 5 WESTERN NEW YORK DOULAS. ((WE HELP WOMEN AND THEIR PARTNERS AND THEIR HUSBANDS THROUGH LABOR SO WE’RE THEIR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. SO BEFORE YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL YOU CALL YOUR DOULA AND YOUR DOCTOR.)) THE 5 WOMEN ARE CERTIFIED AND ALSO MOMS THEMSELVES. ((WE COME UP WITH A BIRTH PLAN WITH THEM, WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE THEIR BIRTH LOOK LIKE.)) BEE MATERNAL IN WILLIAMSVILLE IS THEIR HOME BASE – IT’S WHERE THEY TEACH CLASSES LIKE THE BETTER BIRTH CONNECTION. THEY WORK WITH WOMEN DURING PREGNANCY, THE ACTUAL BIRTH, AND POSTPARTUM. ((IT CAN BE COMPLICATED TO HAVE BABIES AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION GUIDELINES FOR GOOD BIRTH OUTCOMES ARE VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE SEE HERE IN WESTERN NEW YORK.)) TAVIS SAID SHE HAD A C-SECTION WITH HER FIRST DAUGHTER, AND WANTED A NATURAL BIRTH FOR HER SECOND. SUPPORT FROM HER DOULA TARA HELPED MAKE IT POSSIBLE. ((THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF TARA AND MY HUSBAND AND OUR DOCTOR WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE A LOVELY LABOR, A LOVELY BIRTH THAT WE WERE JUST SO PROUD OF.)) THIS SUNDAY THE DOULAS ARE HOSTING AN EVENT CALLED THE BETTER BIRTH BABY SHOWER AT BANCHETTI ON NORTH FRENCH ROAD IN AMHERST. MOMS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT PROVIDERS THERE AND LEARN ABOUT SERVICES IN OUR

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