Your Birth Doula in the Greater Indianapolis Area:
Julie Pichon, CD(DONA)
Birth by Design Mission:
We believe that birth is a natural process and is a gift given to a woman by her Creator.
With tender and nurturing support, the woman in labor has the unique opportunity to be an active participant in the birth
of her child.
yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
You formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God-you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration-what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
You know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was scultped from nothing
Like and open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were
spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day."
What else should I know?
A birth Doula stays at the woman’s side throughout
labor and birth, providing undivided attention and support. During this important time, the Doula provides multiple suggestions
for comfort, and an objective point-of-view, which helps the woman make important decisions for herself and her baby.
Studies have shown that when Doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they
breastfeed more easily.
Doulas are becoming an integral part of the labor and birth team. She acts in a non-medical
capacity, and does not replace the woman’s partner or clinical care providers
What Is a Doula?
- Doula is a Greek term, meaning "mothering the mother."
- She sees birth as a key-life event, which will be
remembered by the mother all her life.
understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of the woman in labor.
- She knows multiple comfort measures such as massage and good
positions to aid in comfort during the birth process.
- She meets with the mother/couple prior to birth to learn birth preferences and to assist with birth
- She stays with the woman throughout
labor and birth.
- She assists the
mother's partner and family throughout labor and birth.
- She facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and the staff.
- She helps with breastfeeding preparation and the first
feeding after birth.
- She writes a birth
story for the family.