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Boise Doulas Empowering Families.

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About Family Business Doula

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FBD is a small, locally owned business that works with families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. We serve pregnant persons in the greater Treasure Valley area. We are training and certifying with DONA International and ProDoula, the leading doula organizations in the US. Continuing education is something we value highly, to bring you the best, most up-to-date information and support possible. As doulas, we are committed to serving every family with authentic, non-judgemental support. Every family and every birth is unique and the choice is fully yours how you want to plan it!  

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Meet the Doula

Elizabeth McConnel (she/her) is a 40-something single mom of 3. She has been interested in birth work for many years, and after taking the plunge to become a surrogate in 2017, she decided the time was right to pursue being a doula. Elizabeth has a passion for pregnancy and birth education. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing board games with friends and family, binging Netflix, and learning to knit. 

What does a Doula Do?

A doula, as defined by DONA Int, is “a trained and experienced labor companion who provides a continuous presence for emotional support, physical comfort, non-clinical advice, and guidance for the partner.” Those are a lot of nice words, but how does it actually look? (The doula also facilitates the partner’s involvement in all these aspects.)


In addition, the doula can also provide these emotional supports for labors with epidurals and cesarean sections. 

Emotional Support

Feedback     

Verbal reminders     

Encouragement     

Reassurance      

Undivided Attention     

Grounding Techniques   

Confidence

  (presumption of competency)

Visualization techniques

Eye Contact

Physical Support

Double Hip Squeeze

Hand/Foot Rub

Counterpressure

Positions to encourage labor to progress

Walking/movement

Rhythm and ritual 

Testimonials

~Michelle H, Boise ID

 Elizabeth is exactly the person I wish I’d had with me when my children were born. She is kind, calm, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Take the time to chat with her. You’ll be very glad you did !

We Welcome All

 **We do not discriminate based on

race, religion, sexual orientation,

gender expression, nation of origin,

age, marital status, or disability.**