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Gentle Mothering Services

Gentle Mothering is a nonprofit organization that provides support to low-income women and Latinx families during childbirth by providing affordable childbirth classes, birth and postpartum services in Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas.

We understand first-hand, the importance of having personalized birth plans in place that provide the confidence and capability necessary for women to achieve their birth goals.

At Gentle Mothering we ensure that you receive the support you expect at childbirth & early life with baby. Our highest priority is assisting your transition to parenthood and making your journey as rewarding and empowering as possible.

Our Spanish-language Spanish/bilingual doula training programs provide doulas with all of the resources necessary to develop a rewarding career and contribute to a growing Latinx job market.

We provide sliding scale childbirth education classes, birth &  postpartum doula services and doula training to low income and Spanish speaking women. When the birth experience is empowering, women will have a much greater chance of creating healthier environments for their babies, ultimately growing stronger families and communities.

 

WHAT IS A DOULA?

A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also provide support to the mother’s partner and family. Unlike a midwife, doulas are not medical professionals and therefore cannot administer medication. Doulas are typically certified with some courses taking over a year to complete. Continuous support during birth from a person outside the mother’s family or social circle, such as a Doula, is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the mother and the baby, shorter labor time, reduced risk of a C-Section, and a lower need for medical interventions such as instrumental delivery or pain relief. Support from a Doula may also reduce mothers’ negative feelings about their childbirth experience.  Click here for Gentle Mothering Website for more information.

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