FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Doula FAQs

 

What effects does the presence of a doula have on birth outcomes?
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications

  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience

  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction

  • reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans
     

What effects does the presence of a doula have on the mother?

When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.

 

What effects do the presence of doulas have on babies?
Studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.

Does a doula replace nursing staff? 
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals.

Will my Doula be my advocate?

A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care.  A doula does not speak on a client's behalf.  They are there to comfort and support the mother and to encourage and enhance communication between the mother/birthing couple and medical professionals.  She provides informational and emotional support while respecting a woman's decisions.


Will a doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.

Massage Therapy FAQs

Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?

The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and is therefore a Regulated Health Profession.  Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a "Massage Therapist" or a "Registered Massage Therapist". When seeking massage therapy, look for an individual who uses one of those two titles and ask to see their registration with the CMTO.

How often should I have massage therapy?

Some people believe that one treatment is enough; however, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.

Through mutual discussion, your Massage Therapist can help you establish a program which fits your physical needs and lifestyle.  Your Massage Therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance of your health.  Any recommendation for further treatment is being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind.

What happens on the first visit?

On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as the Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. The Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). The Massage Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Add a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to your health care team to help relieve:

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis

  • Stress relief and associated conditions

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains

  • Back pain

  • Repetitive strain injury

  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems

  • Pregnancy and labour discomfort

  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation

  • And many other conditions.

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