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Doulas offer support, massage, reminders to help mothers have natural births

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Erica Wiseman of St. Charles used doula Jessica Wilson, far left, during labor and delivery of her son in September. Wilson involved the whole family, explaining things to Wiseman's daughters, even helping them to provide comfort to their mom.

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Doula Jessica Wilson helps Heidi King of North Aurora through the labor and delivery of her first son, Josiah, in September. Wilson's business is called Your Body Your Baby Means Your Birth Your Way doula services.

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Allison and Christian Sass rest after the delivery of their son, Paul, Oct. 2. Doula Deb Lawrence, right, involved the couple's children, Evan, 6, left, and Charlotte, 9, center, in the process.

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Part of a doula's job is to help the mother get as comfortable as possible during labor.

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Doula Deb Lawrence and mother Allison Sass share a moment while Allison is being examined during labor.

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Doula Deb Lawrence helps Allison Sass relax with massage techniques.

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Allison Sass and doula Deb Lawrence explain to Charlotte Sass, 9, center, and Evan Sass, 6, right, what will happen when their brother, Paul, is born.

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Newborn Paul Sass snuggles under a towel, while mom Allison Sass rejoices with doula Deb Lawrence.

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Winfield mom Jessica Wilson can't imagine going through a natural homebirth without a doula. Because she wants other women to have support like she had during labor, Wilson underwent training through DONA International and officially became a doula in February.
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    • Erica Wiseman of St. Charles used doula Jessica Wilson, far left, during labor and delivery of her son in September. Wilson involved the whole family, explaining things to Wiseman’s daughters, even helping them to provide comfort to their mom.
    • Doula Jessica Wilson helps Heidi King of North Aurora through the labor and delivery of her first son, Josiah, in September. Wilsonís business is called Your Body Your Baby Means Your Birth Your Way doula services.
    • Allison and Christian Sass rest after the delivery of their son, Paul, Oct. 2. Doula Deb Lawrence, right, involved the coupleís children, Evan, 6, left, and Charlotte, 9, center, in the process.
    • Part of a doulaís job is to help the mother get as comfortable as possible during labor.
    • Doula Deb Lawrence and mother Allison Sass share a moment while Allison is being examined during labor.
    • Doula Deb Lawrence helps Allison Sass relax with massage techniques.
    • Allison Sass and doula Deb Lawrence explain to Charlotte Sass, 9, center, and Evan Sass, 6, right, what will happen when their brother, Paul, is born.
    • Newborn Paul Sass snuggles under a towel, while mom Allison Sass rejoices with doula Deb Lawrence.
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