A doula helps provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth.
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Mandy Reimer: How are you? Nikki Corriher: Good. Narrator: 32 year old Nikki Corriher was looking for a better way. Nikki Corriher: One of my girlfriends had a baby not too long ago that I was there for and they whisk the baby away and weren’t very patient with her wanting to you know how the baby natural— Narrator: Mandy Reimer understood that she was ready to provide it. Mandy Reimer: I had my first daughter nine years ago and while I don’t regret the experience it wasn’t entirely what I would have anticipated for us to be and so in my researching after her birth before my next birth I just found the word “Doula” and what they did and thought “That just sounds interesting” because I was always the one caring for my friends, mothering them and just my nature is to nurture so it fits and as I’ve gone through the last 2 years I’ve really found that this really my true calling. Narrator: Her true calling it turns out has taken “Doula” Mandy Reimer both near and far. She’s helped turn routine deliveries into emotionalize experiences for more than 70 couples. Mandy Reimer: Well “Doula” is a Greek word and presently means “mothering the mother” that’s sort of the modern way to use the term “Doula”. It is an encompassing I guess profession. We do a lot of advocacy, emotional support more importantly, physical support. Most people that are seeking the “Doula” are looking for maybe less intervention or maybe not, they’re just looking for more education on the things that happen. They really want to be a part of their birth, their pregnancy and their postpartum experience rather than having things kind of done to them they want it be with it. I meet with my clients at least three times prenatally so I’ve got to know them really well and established a really strong relationship with them prior to the onset of labor. Narrator: And as we know labor can happen at anytime. “Doulas” are always on call. Mandy Reimer: So, not only you know being afraid, I have some of the excuse me that’s really trying to reach me. Narrator: Luckily for Nikki, the call wasn’t about an impatient baby ready to enter the world, although Mandy is always ready. Mandy Reimer: I am with the laboring couple from pretty much the onset of labor through baby’s birth, so it could be three hours, it could be 36 hours. I’m there the whole time and you know that is something that’s unique about the “Doula” profession because in heath care you may be in a practice and see a variety of Doctors. If you’re laboring long enough you’re going to see several nurses, potentially a couple of doctors. And in your postpartum experience, you’re really not seeing anybody. So having a “Doula” provides that one thread that is going to be there throughout the entire pregnancy birth, a new born experience. Nikki Corriher: I think she’ll be a lot calmer than my mom. I think that’s one of her key features. Mandy has got a very calm soothing tone. I mean she’s experienced with this. Where as you know me and my crew would come in and be all “oh gosh, oh gosh” you know and she’s got such a nice grounding way to her that I think that it would really help people to be very calm, I hope. Mandy Reimer: Working as a “Doula” what I find to be rewarding is that empowerment that I can help people find for themselves and I feel like I’m the one empowering them, but I can only assist them on their journey and it's really a special experience to see families have this really strong connection. Because they were part of the experience and it wasn’t taken away from them. Nikki Corriher: My husband used to pick up the ball and run with it, he’s taken the books and read them and this been only about doing certain exercises and telling me now how it's going to be in the birthing room and all these fun staff. So it's kind of exciting, I don’t feel I certainly don’t feel like I’m in this alone. You know I feel like I have my little team and so that’s very cool. Narrator: So cool that Nikki doesn’t mind the addition