A doula is experienced in childbirth & provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during and after birth.
Co-founders Debby Prudhomme and Mary Williams gave birth to Everyday Miracles in 2003. They have a strong drive to advocate for and protect at risk women in the Twin Cities and the surrounding communities.
Their ongoing advocacy for pregnant women has proven to positively impact the statistics of high-risk mothers in our community, resulting in better birth outcomes and healthier families. Everyday Miracles now has over 30 doulas contracted to provide professional labor support and education to families that qualify. By the end of 2012 over 3000 families in our community will have benefited from these important support services! Our primary objectives are to improve birth outcomes, parent infant attachment and breastfeeding skills. Over 97% of our participants initiate breastfeeding and 52% of them are still breastfeeding at six months!
The mission of Everyday Miracles is to strengthen families through the parenting experience, by supporting and empowering mothers during pregnancy. We provide pregnancy and labor support as well as prenatal education in a supportive, non-judgmental community for at-risk pregnant women who desire our services, regardless of age or culture.
Everyday Miracles has been successful in the addition of Isis Rising - a Prison Doula Program. The Isis doulas began supporting incarcerated mothers in the hospital at the time of delivery one year ago. Collectively they have attended 15 births and have helped to welcome 16 babies (one set of twins) into the world in the past year! The Isis Rising program includes a pregnancy, birth & parenting education & support group that is facilitated weekly by doulas. The group is offered to women currently serving time at the Shakopee Women's Prison. The program goal is simple; to support women during birth and give them the education and skills they need to be stronger, more connected mothers. The rates of recidivism are far less for women who participate in parenting programs while incarcerated.
Quotes from Everyday Miracles participants:
"I really had a wonderful experience with Lana. I really became comfortable/supported by her help. It was a lot of pressure released to have her so I could focus on having a great birth experience!!"
"Rae was encouraging and supportive. I felt empowered. The birth turned out differently than expected and still was a fantastic experience because of the support I received."
"I know her impact made such a positive difference that helped me reach my goals through my pregnancy and delivery. I'm forever grateful!"
"My doula was amazing. She held my hand through my c-section and I was comforted and reassured. She held my baby next to me as soon as he was born. I was able to see and feel him. My miracle moment was not missed. Thank you so much for being there."