• Welcome to Full Circle Doula Cooperative

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    Bringing Prenatal and Postpartum Adjustments Full Circle.

  • Our Mission & Vision:

      

    To compassionately and lovingly support and educate expectant, new, and seasoned mothers as they navigate through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time. 

     

    To bridge the gap in support so that mothers can expect to find the right practitioner for their individual needs in one place.

  • Read about FCDC Founder, Kerry Stokes.

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    The Founder

    The Founder

    Read about FCDC Founder, Kerry Stokes.

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  • This team is here to help you with all aspects of your preparation, birth, and postpartum experience.

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    The Cooperative Pros

    The Cooperative Pros

    This team is here to help you with all aspects of your preparation, birth, and postpartum experience.

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  • Read what people have to say about their experience with Kerry Stokes and Full Circle.

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    Testimonials

    Testimonials

    Read what people have to say about their experience with Kerry Stokes and Full Circle.

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  • FCDC Founder, Kerry Stokes was recently interviewed by Mom.me - click here to read the article where Kerry shares "A Day in the Life"

  • What Is a Doula?

    Doula – n. a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.

    The word doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.

    Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.

    Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

    Info from DONA International: www.dona.org

     

  • Birth vs. Postpartum Doula

    A Birth Doula:

    • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
    • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
    • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
    • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
    • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
    • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
    • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
    • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level

    A Postpartum Doula:

    • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
    • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
    • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary