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OMG DOULA PROGRAM 

A birth doula is a continuous labor support person, skilled in providing comfort and encouragement to women during labor and the immediate postpartum period.  Doula care before and during labor can ensure continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a new mother. While not a substitute to a doctor or a midwife, a doula can make childbirth a transcendent experience, advocating and vocalizing for a woman and her family. Doulas aid in breathing exercises, relaxation, massage, and other support techniques. Women choosing a doula with OMG Women’s Healthcare will be supported throughout the labor, delivery and postpartum process. The OMG Doula Program is an optional, additional service for current pregnant clients, and are at a significant cost savings compared to private doulas. It is important to note that while we offer the OMG Doula Program, we also support the use of private doulas that are hired by our clients. 

OUR DOULAS 

Karishma Darji

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DONA Certified Doula 

Karishma has been  a doula since 2013, Karishma’s favorite part of her work is being able to help a mother and her family through labor.  She is a married mother from the south suburbs who enjoys family activities, working out, and staying busy.

Karissa Johnson

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DONA Certified Doula 

Karissa has been involved in the birth community for the past decade. Her passion is to improve birth outcomes and assist in positive birth experiences. 

She cares for children when she’s not providing labor support. 

Karissa lives close by with her husband and children.

When not caring for little ones you may find her kickboxing, visiting the library or exploring the outdoors.

Christah Burns

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Stillbirth Doula Certified

Christa is a new birth doula on our team. She is a married mother of three. (Her second baby was stillborn but doesn't feel right saying I only have 2).  Because of her experience she bring an extra element of compassion to her care. Christa's passion is providing support to parents on their journey of welcoming their babies earth side. She has special interests in VBACs, lactation, and pregnancy/birth after a loss, but loves supporting any and all people no matter the situation. In her free time she enjoys baking and doing crafts with her children.

DOULA BENEFITS

According to the Cochrane Database, continuous labor support from a trained support person provides:

  • Increased rate of vaginal delivery 

  • Shorter duration of labor 

  • Decreased cesarean birth or instrumental birth

  • Decrease use of analgesia, such as epidural or narcotics

  • Decreased rate of low five-minute Apgar scores

  • Increase birth satisfaction rates