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Jennifer Kinnear with Baby

Welcome

I am a doula located in North San Luis Obispo County and serve clients from San Miguel, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Creston, and Shandon to Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Santa Maria, and Orcutt.  I received my training through DONA (www.dona.org) and worked in hospitals and birth centers in Los Angeles before moving back near family in SLO.  I am a proud member of the SLO Doula Connection (www.slodoulaconnection.com) and the Birth and Baby Network (www.bbrn.org) and have assisted clients at French Hospital, Sierra Vista Medical Center, and Twin Cities Hospital.

What is a doula?

A doula is a professional who is trained in childbirth and provides continuous support to a mother before, during, and just after birth.
A doula does not replace medical staff or the mother’s partner.

 

What I Offer

As a doula, I provide continuous physical and emotional support to you and your partner from the onset of labor, through the birth, and immediately following the birth to assist with breastfeeding.  I also meet with you 1-2 times before the birth to get to know you and your partner and to become acquainted with your hopes for your birth.  In addition, I visit you at least once postpartum to assist you in any breastfeeding challenges and general questions in newborn care.

How Doulas Affect Birth

Studies have shown that when a doula provides continuous support to a mother and her partner, there is a:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

(from Evidence Based Birth:  www.evidencebasedbirth.com)