Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) celebrated its 1500th Cheshire Doula-supported birth with baby boy Matthias born on December 4, 2012.
Parents Tiffany and Craig were coached and assisted at the hospital during the labor and birthing process by Cheshire Doula Marilyn Buck.
Mom and baby are doing well and at home enjoying the holiday season with husband and dad, Craig, and the rest of the family, Silas, age 8; Mercy, age 6; and twins Justus and Ruby, age 4.
Although experienced parents, both Tiffany and Craig expressed enthusiastic appreciation for Marilyn Buck and her Doula support, assistance that was not available where Matthias' siblings were born.
"It was wonderful the way Marilyn attended to and anticipated our needs during the labor and birth," exclaimed Tiffany. "She even walked with us throughout the hospital and suggested a few new easy movements that made the process more comfortable."
The Doula program at CMC/DHK began in 1999. Cheshire Doulas are volunteers who undergo extensive, ongoing training and certification to provide nonmedical support to a birthing woman and her medical team during labor and delivery.
Becoming a practicing Cheshire Doula involves a commitment to undergo initial and ongoing training and to be available to laboring women at a moment's notice day and night. Available at no charge to CMC/DHK birthing mothers, the Cheshire Doula volunteers offer encouragement, information and techniques to help keep women comfortable, and help with personal needs and communications with nurses, providers and family members.
Marilyn Buck became certified as a Cheshire Doula and has been practicing since 1999. She also provides ongoing training to other Cheshire Doulas.