A DOULA is a “mother’s helper”. Their role is to mother the birthing mother. As an Antepartum and Postpartum Doula I care for the physical and emotional needs of the mother-to-be and the new mother.
The term “Doula” comes from the Ancient Greek word meaning “female servant.” Marshall Klaus and John Kennell, who conducted clinical trials on the medical outcomes of doula-attended births, adopted the term to refer to a person providing labor support. The term is also used for women who come to support the new family just after the birth, mothering the new family.
Numerous studies have shown how positively Doulas influence birth. Women with a doula at her side will most likely experience shorter labors with fewer complications, increased positive feelings about the childbirth experience, less need for labor-inducing drugs, less medical interventions such as vacuum extraction and cesareans, as well as a increased pain tolerance.
If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
~ John H. Kennell, MD
Doula & New Mother Services
Current, evidence based information and nurturing support.
Helping to create confident, capable parents as they start and grow their families in Berlin.
I offer you well informed, empathetic, gentle and caring Doula & New Mother Services in ALL of the metro area of Berlin and surrounding areas like Potsdam. Get the exclusive, one family at a time assistance of a trained and experienced professional who will provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and father before, during and just after birth. When Doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer medical interventions, babies are healthier and bonding is easier.
Laurie Reinke is a birth and postpartum doula and one of the most amazing women I've met. She speaks fluent German and is a native English speaker. She was there for me every step of the way and has supported many women here in Berlin. She is *your* trusted person at the hospital to support you physically and emotionally during the birth.
There are a few people who have supported me in such a way like Laurie did at such an important and vulnerable moment of my life. After birth she was there for my American husband, son and me helping us with everything along the way- physically with healthy food, mother massages and pelvic floor awareness, mentally with strategies to cope with little sleep, and emotionally by showing great empathy. Laurie also facilitated the needed documents from the German authorities.
All in all, Laurie created a safe and supportive environment in which we could blossom as parents.
~ Katerina, Curation assistant TED, mother of one year old
Laurie has been a life saver to me and our little family. I would highly recommend her to a friend and hope she is available when baby #2 comes around. Laurie puts the Mother as her top priority. It is such a tender time, especially as a first time Mom away from home, Laurie has been a huge part in the recovery process and a source of confidence as I find my own way to Mother.
~ Meghan, Sommelier
Vor der Geburt habe ich komplett unterschätzt, wie anstrengend die erste Zeit mit Baby sein kann, wenn der Partner Vollzeit arbeiten muss. Ich war sehr froh, als Laurie kam und mit Unterstützung wie leckerem gesunden Essen und Massagen half, dass ich genug Energie für den Alltag mit Baby hatte und wir drei so auch mehr Zeit hatten zu genießen, dass wir nun eine Familie sind.