About the MDDC

Meet the Doulas

The Mt. Diablo Doula Community has two Meet the Doula Nights each month. We invite you to come meet us to ask questions about birth and postpartum and how a doula can support you as you welcome a baby into your family.

Please RSVP to join us on:

First and third Thursdays at 7pm in the offices of the Body Love Cafe, 3093 Citrus Cir., #125, Walnut Creek, CA

Group

Our Mission Statement

The Mt. Diablo Doula Community (MDDC) is a business association, founded and funded by independent professional doulas. As an organization, the MDDC participates in advertising, community education, professional development opportunities, networking and charitable events. MDDC members endeavor to educate and serve individuals and families during the childbearing years. The MDDC encourages community service and involvement whenever possible.The MDDC member exemplifies integrity, honors the Doula profession, strives to build confidence in a complete and cooperative Birth Team, and perpetuates camaraderie within the Doula community. MDDC doulas treat their fellow Doulas, Clients and Care-Providers with respect and professionalism. They support their fellow Doulas with active listening, offering back-up support, and sharing resources.

What does a birth doula do?

Labor Doula assists the birthing individual and their birthing team before, during and after birth by providing emotional, physical, and informational support. It is within the Labor Doula's Scope of Practice to assist their client [and partner(s)] in preparing for birth by providing evidence-based information relating to pregnancy, labor and birth (including birth options and resources), and the early postpartum period. During labor and birth, the Labor Doula facilitates communications between the client, birthing team and the caregivers.

It is not within a doula's Scope of Practice to perform any medical or clinical procedures such as vaginal checks, listening to fetal heart tones, prescribing or administering herbs, or making medical diagnoses or recommendations.

MDDC Labor Doulas have received formal doula training. Those who are also health care professionals may provide services within the scope and standard of their professions but only after making it clear that they are not functioning as a Labor Doula. For needs beyond the scope of the Labor Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

During the postpartum period, Labor Doulas assist their clients in processing the birth experience, answering questions about newborn care, breastfeeding, and referring the family to appropriate resources as needed.

A Doula's Presence at Birth:

* Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
* Reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience
* Reduces need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
* Significantly decreases likelihood of cesarean section
* Reduces mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals
* Reduces mother's feeling of loss of control during labor

What does a postpartum doula do?

Postpartum doulas help families adjust to life with your new baby, so they can best care for and enjoy this new family member. The postpartum doula's tasks can change from day to day, depending on the needs of the family. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to "mother the mother." They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas ensure the mother is fed, well-hydrated, and is comfortable.

A postpartum doula:

MDDC Postpartum Doulas have received formal doula training. It is within the Postpartum Doulas Scope of Practice to provide evidence-based information and educational resources. Referrals to appropriate studies, books, and care providers are within the Postpartum Doula's scope. The Postpartum Doula will determine ahead of time what duties they feel comfortable performing for the postpartum family and will share this information with the family prior to accepting a position with them.

It is not within the Scope of Practice of a Postpartum Doula to perform clinical/medical tasks, give diagnosis, or make medical recommendations. For needs beyond the scope of the Postpartum Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

Parents who receive support can:

* Feel more secure and cared for
* Be more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
* Have greater success with breastfeeding
* Have greater self confidence
* Have less postpartum depression
* Have lower incidence of abuse

Scope of Practice

Advocacy

MDDC Members demonstrate integrity in their personal and professional conduct. MDDC Members provide evidence-based information so their clients can make well informed decisions. MDDC Members understand they don't speak or make decision for their clients. MDDC Members make every effort to encourage their clients to assume responsibility for their decisions. MDDC Members support their clients by advocating for the client's own choices and encouraging an open dialog with the client's caregiver regarding choices, risks, benefits, alternatives, and protocols. MDDC Members are responsible TO our clients but not FOR our clients.

Professional Conduct

MDDC Members treat colleagues in an ethical, professional and respectful manner. In addition, MDDC Members help one another honor commitments by providing back-up and resources whenever possible. Our members uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the doula profession. MDDC is made up of several small business owners and sole-proprietors that create a friendly and warm environment led by a leadership board that meets monthly. MDDC Members pursue continuing education to further their knowledge in their profession. MDDC Members respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained/shared in the course of professional service. MDDC Members attend at least one MDDC meeting quarterly, uphold the Mission and Scope of Practice, and pay dues annually.

Labor (Birth) Doula

The Labor Doula assists the birthing woman and her birthing team before, during and after birth by providing emotional, physical, and informational support. It is within the Labor Doula's scope of practice to provide resources relating to pregnancy, labor and birth, and the early postpartum period. It is not within a doula's scope of practice to perform any medical or clinical procedures such as vaginal checks, listening to fetal heart tones or making medical diagnoses. Referrals to appropriate studies and published books are within the Labor Doula's scope.

MDDC Labor Doulas who are also health care professionals may provide services within the scope and standard of their professions but only after making it clear that they are not functioning as a Labor Doula. For needs beyond the scope of the Labor Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

The Labor Doula's role is to assist their client [and partner(s)] in preparing for birth, and to provide information about birth options and resources, and to provide emotional support.

During labor and birth, the Labor Doula facilitates communications between the client, birthing team and the caregivers. She supports the mother and her partner(s) with the use of physical, emotional and informational support.

During the postpartum period, the Labor Doula assists the mother in processing her birth experience, answering questions about newborn care, breastfeeding, and referring the family to appropriate resources as needed.

Postpartum Doula

The Postpartum Doula provides informational and educational information to the family. She does not perform clinical/medical tasks outside of her scope of practice. Referrals to appropriate studies and published books are within the Postpartum Doula's scope. The Postpartum Doula will determine ahead of time what duties she feels comfortable performing for the postpartum family and will share this information with the family prior to accepting a position with them.

For needs beyond the scope of the Postpartum Doula's expertise, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.