Seacoast Doula Group was established in 2004 as a network of independent birth and postpartum doulas. Two founding members Susan Remillard, a postpartum doula, and Liz Gaudette, a birth doula, joyfully continue the groups’ original mission providing comfort, education, and practical support to pregnant women and families with newborns. With over 23 years of combined experience, Susan and Liz have supported hundreds of satisfied families throughout the seacoast of southern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Both are certified through DONA International, the oldest professional organization of birth and postpartum doulas. As separate business entities, they support and complement each other, providing a broader set of services. In 2012, Ellen Kunkle and Lisa Goulet rejoined Seacoast Doula Group as advisors, and Kate Stone joined in as a doula in training. Hannah Southworth, also a doula in training, became part of the group in 2013.
“Doula” is a Greek word which has evolved to mean “woman caregiver”. Since time began, women have helped each other in birth and new motherhood, and today’s doula profession was unexpectedly born out of research on parent-infant bonding conducted by Drs. Klaus and Kennell in the late 1970’s. Trained and skilled in promoting normal birth and postpartum adjustments, birth doulas provide non-medical, physical, emotional, and informational support to women during late pregnancy, labor and birth. Postpartum doulas provide education, practical help, and guidance to families during a newborn’s first weeks of life. Research proves that doulas enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of women, babies, and families. See www.dona.org and www.childbirthconnection.org for research information. We love our work and look forward to speaking with you about our unique services. Interviews are always free.