Benefits of a doula-assisted birth

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Benefits of a doula-assisted birth

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I think having a doula for the right person is a great idea. They can really help build that team support, the love, the anxiety reduction, all those great tips for getting through the labor experience. And not just for the laboring mom, but for the partner or anybody else who's in the room. Because how is the partner in particular, especially with a first time pregnancy, how are they supposed to be the expert all of a sudden on how to get through this? I mean, they're having their experience too. So a good doula really helps bring clarity and calm, in addition to very specific skills to the experience. They're also really an assistant to me and to anybody else who's attending a birth because they allow us to have space to do our job. They create space for mom to do her job which is to have that baby, they create space for everybody in the room to kind of have their own roles going, and in a supportive, loving way.

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Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Los Angeles, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.

Suzanne is involved in women’s empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women’s and integrative health on TV, online and in print. She is co-founder of Cedars Sinai Medical Center's Green Committee and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities and the planet.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children in a "green" renovated home with a sustainable native plants garden and organic “urban mini-farm”.

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