A woman who emerges from her birth experience feeling honored, empowered and satisfied is emboldened as she steps into her new and ever-changing role as a mother
There are many reasons to hire a doula, possibly one of the most important is that doulas help to facilitate a positive birth experience.
Doulas may do that by enhancing communication of your wants and needs with the rest of your birth team, providing massage, breathing techniques, and optimal positions to help bring you comfort and progress labor. In the weeks and months leading up to birth, your doula will provide resources and information to help create your very own birth and postpartum support plan. As labor and birth can take unexpected twists and turns, you may not be able to follow your plan exactly. This is absolutely normal, but it is important that you know your options and can make informed decisions. No mother will forget her birth experience, and it is important that she doesn’t feel pressured into something she doesn’t want. A woman who emerges from her birth experience feeling honored, empowered and satisfied is emboldened as she steps into her new and ever-changing role as a mother to one or many.
A doula guides you through the life changing journey of childbirth by offering consistent physical, emotional and spiritual support throughout the process. Sara has an abundance of experience supporting women of different ages and histories in labor and birth. The labor and birth of a first time mom often looks different than that of a VBAC mom or a mom who’s birthing her 3rd or 4th child. Sara is knowledgeable and comfortable in supporting any mother through this monumental experience.
As a licensed acupuncturist and a certified birth doula, Sara has the unique knowledge and skills to combine these two fields in a way that encourages a smooth and gentle labor and birth. Sara has advanced training in using acupuncture and acupressure in a hospital setting to create a safe and positive experience for any mom.
How doulas work with your husband or partner:
A doula’s role is not to take over the support that the rest of your birth team its able to provide. A doula’s role is to provide you with continuous physical, emotional and spiritual support, to take some pressure off of your partner so they can have a break for food, bathroom, etc. A doula can help your partner with techniques to give you comfort during labor bringing the two of you closer together. A doula has extensive knowledge and experience with birth, but your partner knows you much better than your doula ever will. They are an irreplaceable part of your support team; your doula just strives to make the experience easier on both of you.
What a Doula Doesn’t Do:
A doula does not make medical decisions or provide medical advice. Your doula will provide information about birth to help you understand options, determine your preferences and create a birth and postpartum plan. Your doula does not:
- Perform any medical procedures
- Check your dilation
- Impose her birth preferences on you
- Most importantly, your doula does not judge you or your birth preferences. Each woman comes into motherhood with her own set of experiences. The way she chooses to give birth is her own choice.
Sara’s Unique Training
As an acupuncturist and a doula, I have the unique knowledge and experience to incorporate these two holistic fields. My use of Chinese Medical diagnosis and acupressure during labor can help your baby to find its optimal position to progress labor and gentle the entire birthing experience. The intertwining of these two fields during labor and birth can be absolutely magical!
Sara Bates Acupuncture
"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease" - Hippocrates
Sara is a Colorado state licensed acupuncturist in Fort Collins, Colorado. She provides treatments to patients looking for healing, pain relief, hormone balance, and the tools to feel empowered in their health care decisions.
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Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies; NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture; Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Specialty in Womens Health; DONA trained Birth Doula; Yoga Teacher with additional training in pre and post natal yoga.