• OUR MISSION: We are dedicated to fostering
  • the physical and emotional health of mothers
  • and babies during the CRUCIAL FIRST YEARS OF LIFE.

From the traditional Greek meaning "woman caregiver ", today's doula is "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth" (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus - Mothering the Mother). The doula's role is to guide parents through the experiences of pregnancy, labour, birth and the early days and weeks with their new baby. Pre-natal education includes what to expect during pregnancy, labour and birth; writing a birth plan; different approaches to pain-relief; hospital protocols and routines; pregnancy screening tests; labour/birth interventions; avoiding complications; informed consent; suggested readings, etc. She provides critical physical and emotional support and is available around the clock during active labour and birth. Her training and experience enables her to inform parents of the different options available to them, which can impact both the experience of birth and beyond as well as the long-term health and well-being of mother and baby. As such, she is an important liaison between the mother and her birth attendants, always in a climate of respect for the couple's unique values and goals.

Birth is the culmination of pregnancy, and it is also the beginning of two new lives: the baby's and the mother's. When a baby is born, a mother is born (or re-born!). This is a life changing experience and since the beginning of time women have had special support and protection during this time. Fathers, too, are born out of this amazing experience and they also benefit from the guidance and support of an experienced, trusted companion.

The doula does not take the place of, nor is she a substitute for the father and/or partner. Her presence serves to protect, support, and empower the couple and family. This enables the father to fully experience the birth of his baby at his own comfort level and remain emotionally connected to his partner and child, without the responsibility of being the sole support person.

Why give birth with the help of a doula?

The special relationship, trust and continuity of care that exists between a mother, her partner and their doula has an important  positive impact on the experiences of pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding. Some of the proven benefits of having a doula include:

Birth outcomes :  

  • 25% shorter labour
  • 50% fewer cesareans
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use to speed up labour
  • less use of forceps and vaccum extraction
  • 30-60% fewer requests for pain medication/epidural
  • fewer complications

For Mom :  

  • less fever and infection
  • reduced bleeding after birth
  • more positive birth experience
  • more secure, confident    
  • less anxiety and postpartum depression
  • enhanced bonding with baby

For Baby :  

  • shorter hospital stay
  • fewer admissions to special care nurseries
  • easier start to breastfeeding

For the healthcare system :  

  • dramatically reduced costs of obstetrical care

Mama Dearest's doula services are provided by Stephanie Dupras. A work-at-home mother of four, Stephanie is a private practise International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, doula, childbirth educator and student midwife. Stephanie's philosophy of care fosters respect, gentleness, confidence and autonomy. She provides support during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in a climate of trust and confidentiality. Her combined skills provide a unique approach to helping new parents become informed, empowered and confident in the choices they make, thus ensuring the best possible start to life with their new baby.

Please call (450) 661-6629 for more information or to schedule a meeting.