Finding the best doula for you

Giuditta Tornetta, Doula, shares advice on how to find a doula to assist in childbirth or postpartum, and what to consider in order to choose the right doula for you
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Finding the best doula for you

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To find the doula… the best way to find the doula is to actually go to a… either word of mouth, obviously, but also to go to some international or national organizations such as dona.org or DASC – in Southern California there is an organization called dasc.org as well. So how do you choose a doula – can you hang out with her? When the woman walks into the room, does she make you feel happy? Trustworthy? Does she make you feel like, “Oh yeah, I can do this together?” In case of a birth doula, "Can I spend 24 hours with this woman?" And a postpartum doula, “Can I actually have this woman live in my house for that long?” And then of course, it’s good to check references and really talk to other women about their experience. Obviously, if you ask me for a reference, I’m not going to give you somebody that, “Oh my gosh, she was horrible.” I’m going to give you somebody that’s just going to sing my praises, but what I want you to do is talk to that woman about what exactly did she use me for and how was the experience, so that she can see if… they… I can fit into her lifestyle, I can fit into her values, the way she wants to feel. And that’s really the best way, the most organic way to choose a doula – birth or postpartum.

Giuditta Tornetta, Doula, shares advice on how to find a doula to assist in childbirth or postpartum, and what to consider in order to choose the right doula for you

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Giuditta Tornetta

Doula

Giuditta Tornetta is a certified birth and post-partum doula, lactation educator, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, and a certified shiatsu therapist. Giuditta practices clinical hypnotherapy and a method of natural childbirth that uses hypnotic techniques to reduce stress and fear during labor and delivery, alleviating pain and making the birth experience positive and enjoyable. She also teaches infant mental, emotional, and cognitive health and development.

She focuses on infant mental health and pre-post birth bonding, where she uses guided meditations and visualizations to help women communicate and empower their babies before birth. As a lactation educator and postpartum doula, Ms. Tornetta helps couples settle into a natural routine once the baby comes home. Through education, compassion, practical as wells as emotional support, Doula Giuditta teaches new parents how to decipher the newborn’s vocal and body language. Giuditta is also a published author of the best-selling book Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth.

She resides in Los Angeles with her two dogs –Tony and Amore — amid photo albums of the many new mommies and babies she’s coached through life’s most precious and powerful transitions, including her own two experiences with son Azzurro and daughter Natascia.

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