Maui Birth Source

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Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Clarissa Koenig photograph: mother cheek-to-cheek with her swaddled newborn

A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth and knowledgeable of hospital procedures. Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support—from massage to aromatherapy, to continuous reassurance and coping techniques—for the mother and her family.

A birth doula generally meets with you before the birth to develop a trusting relationship and will be present for your labor. They may provide childbirth education, help you develop a birth plan, and set a number of postpartum visits. Most birth doulas work for a flat fee with a sliding scale.

A postpartum doula generally works with a family in their home for a few hours a week after a woman has given birth. They often provide breastfeeding information, baby care education, and light housecleaning, while providing the mother and her family with the time and space to bond (or take a shower).

Don't get confused by all those letters! There is a list of the acronyms and their definitions towards the bottom of the page.

Finding and Interviewing Doulas

I recommend you interview several doulas and see whom you vibe with. Some questions you might considering asking are:

Doula Care Providers

Mary Jane Bennett          
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Beautiful Informed Beginnings, LLC

Mary Jane Bennett, IBCLC, LCCE, CD(DONA), ECE · 283-7139 · · PO Box 1454, Kihei, HI 96753

pregnant belly with stethoscope

Erin Hayden

214-6935 ·
Bradley influenced with experience as a La Leche League leader, Erin finds that a blended contemporary and collaborative approach to childbirth classes works best for her students.

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Mahina Mama

Sonya Niess · 802-280-3699 ·
Sonya Niess was born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui and has her Masters in Public Health. Currently she works for a non-profit called Healthy Communities Hawaii. Sonya loves to be outdoors, hiking, swimming, climbing, diving—there is always some adventure awaiting! Though adventurous by nature, she is also very grounded and down to earth. Childbirth is her passion and has been for a long time. Sonya invites you to share your birthing experience with her.

Acronym Definitions

CD—Certified Doula

DONA—Doulas of North America

ECE—Early Childhood Education

IBCLC—International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

LCCE—Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

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