Okana Doula Services
Your trusted companion, offering guidance and encouragement to ensure a positive and memorable experience for the entire family!
Dedicated to EMPOWERING expectant parents, providing unwavering SUPPORT throughout their journey, and ADVOCATING for their choices and preferences during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
hi and welcome!
I’m Lahnor Powell, a Naturopathic Doctor and Doula dedicated to serving families in and around the Atlanta area!
As your doula, I offer the unique advantage of integrating my naturopathic doctorate training into my services. This holistic approach allows us to draw from a wide range of alternative therapies and natural techniques to enhance your birthing experience and support your recovery. By incorporating evidence-based practices such as herbal remedies, nutrition guidance, and lifestyle recommendations, I can provide additional avenues for promoting your well-being during this transformative journey.
I can’t wait to work with you!
As your dedicated doula, I am here to provide unwavering emotional, physical, and informational support to both you and your partner throughout your journey. The comprehensive range of services encompasses prenatal visits, thorough birth planning and preparation, continuous support during labor and delivery, nurturing postpartum care, and expert breastfeeding support.
Frequently Asked Questions!
What is a doula and what role do they
play during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum?
A doula is a trained professional who offers continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to expectant parents before, during, and after childbirth. They provide non-medical assistance and focus on empowering the birthing person, promoting a positive birth experience, and enhancing overall well-being for both parents and the baby.
How do I select the right doula for me? What should I consider when choosing a doula?
Selecting the right doula is a personal decision. Consider factors such as their experience, training, philosophy, availability, and compatibility with your own values and preferences. It’s essential to meet and interview potential doulas to ensure a good rapport and mutual understanding, as their support will play a significant role in your journey to parenthood.
What are some common comfort measures and techniques that doulas use during labor and delivery?
Doulas employ various comfort measures during labor and delivery, including massage, breathing techniques, position changes, and visualization exercises. These techniques can help alleviate pain, promote relaxation, and enhance the birthing person’s sense of control and confidence. By providing continuous physical support, doulas contribute to a more comfortable and empowering birth experience.
How can a doula support me in creating a birth plan that aligns with my preferences and goals?
A doula can play a vital role in assisting expectant parents with creating a birth plan that reflects their desires, preferences, and values. They offer guidance, education, and resources to help individuals navigate the decision-making process, understand their options, and make informed choices for their birth experience. By collaborating with a doula, families can develop a personalized birth plan that empowers them to advocate for their own needs and goals during labor and delivery.
How does a doula work alongside medical professionals and contribute to a positive birth experience?
Doulas work collaboratively with medical professionals, including doctors, midwives, and nurses. They complement the medical care by providing continuous emotional support, advocating for the birthing person’s preferences, and offering evidence-based information. This collaboration between doulas and medical professionals fosters a positive birth environment and enhances communication and trust among the entire care team.
How does a doula assist with lactation
initiation and provide Ongoing support?
Lactation doulas provide comprehensive support for breastfeeding initiation and ongoing lactation. They offer expert advice, practical tips, and evidence-based information to address common breastfeeding challenges, such as latch issues or low milk supply. Lactation doulas empower mothers with the knowledge and tools they need to establish a successful and fulfilling breastfeeding relationship with their babies.
Can a doula support me if I have a
high-risk pregnancy or if I’m planning a cesarean birth?
Doulas can support individuals with high-risk pregnancies or those planning a cesarean birth. While they may not have a medical role, doulas provide emotional support, help with birth planning, and ensure the individual’s preferences and concerns are heard and respected. They can assist with creating a calm and supportive atmosphere, offer comfort measures, and provide valuable postpartum support during the recovery period.
How can a doula help with pain
Management during labor without the use of medication
Doulas utilize a range of pain management techniques during labor that do not involve medication. These may include breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, massage, hydrotherapy, positioning, and providing continuous emotional support. By employing these comfort measures, doulas help individuals cope with the intensity of contractions, reduce anxiety, and promote a more positive and satisfying birth experience, all while respecting the individual’s preferences and birth plan.