What is a Maternal Support Practitioner?
A Maternal Support Practitioner (MSP) is a Bebo Mia trained and certified Doula. An MSP offers pregnant women & their partners 3 main types of support:
1. Informational - We are an educational resource for everything pregnancy, birth and beyond. We can provide you with research & evidence based information so that you can make your decisions in confidence. For example: Are VBACS considered safe?
2. Emotional - We provide our clients with a continuous supportive presence during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. To us, our clients mental well being is just as important as making sure mom and baby are physically healthy.
3. Physical - We help make birth a more comfortable experience for both momma & her partner. We do this with massage, hip squeezes, keeping mom hydrated & nourished, letting her partner rest, helping bathe baby, etc.
All three of these supports combined make for the most positive experiences for families welcoming their little loves into the world.
I have an OB/GYN. Can I also have an MSP?
I have a Midwife.
Can I also have an MSP?
Absolutely. There is a wide misconception that you can't have both. But good news! You can! Your MSP is hired during your pregnancy as a support person throughout the experience. We do not perform any kind of medical tasks such as blood pressure, IVs, cervical checks, etc. Those are all the responsibility of a trained medical professional such as your OB/GYN or Midwife. An MSP is there is help the mother-to-be feel less anxious. This support and sense of calmness & reassurance can often lead to a safer labour and birth. This approach, one involving an integrated team of physician/midwife, nurse, MSP's and family - allows everyone to play toward their strengths, ensuring a positive birth experience for Momma, baby, and birth team.
What are the benefits of a Maternal Support Practitioner?
What type of birth support do you provide and how much does it cost?
What type of postpartum support do you provide and how much does it cost?
What other services do you provide?
There has been some great evidence-based research done on doula care.
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with their birth experience*
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*
28% decrease in the risk of c-section*
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
* For four of these outcomes, results with a doula were better than all the other types of continuous support that were studied.
Pretty amazing to see how far support for a momma can go!