Advice and support during pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding for all families - with lots of experience, ethics, respect, closeness and affection for the families under construction.
Sessões de Acompanhamento na Gravidez, Cursos de Preparação para o Nascimento e de Introdução à Parentalidade
The way we are born affects a lifetime and be a part of this process is wonderful.
Maternalvita is Birth with everything that characterizes it:
Love, Pain, Joy, Strength, Respect, Support, Change, Welcoming, Listening, Care.
Rede Portuguesa de Doulas Member
Profissional LGBTI friendly
Fluent in English
Basic user of Spanish
Maternalvita's mission is to provide pregnant women, parents, children and families with personalized, careful, experienced and close support - as a complement to the support carried out by the health professional who monitors the pregnancy.
As mothers, we know very well how important it is to have someone who listens to us, welcomes us, understands, respects our rhythm and takes care of our physical and emotional well-being at such a challenging time in our lives.
I am Carla Sousa, Maternalvita founder and my purpose is always to respect the choices of the woman and her partner, listen to them, welcome them with love and support in informed decision-making, without fundamentalism and regardless of the environment in which the baby is born and the way it is born.
Count on me!
Supported as a Doula
Online Via Plataforma Zoom
The vital importance of creating the baby's bond with the reference figures is of great importance for his growth in a healthy way. The father is just as important as the mother in this process. This workshop will allow you to remember how to create and strengthen this bond since pregnancy.
A breastfeeding doula course unique in Portugal, where they can accompany families and mothers like Breastfeeding Support Doula. A very complete course, with seven modules, guided by 4 trainers; 2 Doulas breastfeeding counselors with many years of experience, a family doctor and the founder of the Rede Portuguesa de Doulas.
Please find the answers to some frequent questions and feel free to enlight the remain ones with me.
A doula is a person with training and knowledge about the physiology of pregnancy and birth, providing emotional and informational support based on scientific evidence and is able to support women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
Since the beginning of time, women have given birth with the support of other women. The word doula it is a Greek word that means “the one who serves”, designating the women who cared for others, during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
There are numerous benefits scientifically proven that advise the Doula support. Cochrane Library of Evidence-Based Medicine makes very clear the importance of doulas for improving outcomes and maternal satisfaction with childbirth, thus demonstrating that the assistance offered by doulas is supported by clear evidence.
- 50% reduction in cesarean sections;
- 25% reduction in the lenght of labor;
- 30% reduction in the use of forceps;
- 40% reduction in the use of oxytocin;
- 60% reduction in the use of epidural analgesia;
- 30 % reduction in the use of pain medication.
And some more important positive results:
- Increase in breastfeeding rates;
- Decrease in postpartum depression rates;
- Increased maternal satisfaction;
- Mother-baby strong bonding
Doula should be able to provide information based on scientific evidence (where possible) and emotional support at this stage of a woman's life, specifically:
Supports physical and emotional recovery of experience;
Supports the woman / person in their informed and conscious choices, promoting a greater bond between all members of the family in this event;
Search for alternatives and complementary solutions whenever necessary.
It is alert to situations that can lead to depression, seeking support from other health professionals, if necessary, in an attitude of prevention;
Presents and discusses the physical, emotional, psychologica changes inherent to this stage;
Explains these processes with the help of various resources (audiovisual, books, films, brochures, etc.) and even in straight collaboration with other doulas and health professionals ;
✓ Ajuda na elaboração do plano de parto (se este ainda não foi feito anteriormente), ouvindo, acolhendo e apoiando a família nas suas escolhas, medos e preocupações.
Listen and discuss with the customer about their emotional questions, relationship with the immediate family, partner / companion, translating even in accessible language, the family doctor's recommendations / other;
Increases the wellness in women, their self-esteem and confidence in their ability to care for herself, rescuing her/his intuitive wisdom;
It`s present during the entire process (regardless of how long this can last) in several follow-up sessions, making sure that all the doubts are clarefied, whether the physical level, practical or emotional;
What a Doula Doesn't Do:
A Doula não pratica atos médicos e não toma decisões pelos seus clientes.
- Does not practice medical acts, such as: measure blood pressure, perform vaginal examinations , check the baby heart rate , make diagnoses, etc.
- Does not make decisions for their clients: help them to obtain the necessary information so they can make their own decisions.
- As a doula, I only support pregnant women / couples who are being followed up, clinically, by a certified health professional for this purpose.
Maternalvita follows the Ethic Code of Rede Portuguesa de Doulas, https://www.redeportuguesadedoulas.com/coacutedigo-de-eacutetica-da-doula.html, always bearing in mind the respect for the choices of each mother / couple I support.
How it works?
Maternalvita's services are available by appointment and are available online or in person according to the needs of the families.