A Death Midwife is described in Wikipedia as
"A person who assists in the dying process. It is often a community based role, aiming to help families cope with death through recognizing it as a natural part of life".
As a Death Midwife, or End-Of-Life Doula, our approach is to be there in a support role. We provide non-medical, nonjudgmental holistic encouragement to those nearing the end of life phase. This also incorporates support to the family and friends of the elderly, dying or recently deceased. We empower and educate individuals on their choices for their own end of life care after discussing all their options.
To ensure that you receive the best possible care we work in a support role only with medical professionals. We assist patients and their families with social, emotional and practical
We assist in exploration of the persons rights and under no circumstances do we administer any medical care.
My name is Susan McDaniel-Douds.
I was first diagnosed with cancer in the year 2000, with a recurrence in 2005, and finally in 2015 my cancer became metastatic. I am now in a period of remission.
Due partially to the fact I still have both my elderly parents, combined with my fatal illness, I felt mystified by the whole death process, and had many unanswered questions. It was then my thirst for knowledge and quest for answers began, concerning the natural stages of death and dying.
Historically, part of the role of women was the care of the deceased. This was inclusive of her household duties, tending to the children and in some cases family members who were unwell. Around the time of the Civil War, with the rise of the embalming practice and the funeral industry, women's talents were shifted in a various different directions.
The Death Doula role has now re-emerged along with the death positivity movement. The aim is to view dying as not a traumatic experience, but as a natural process of life.
I.A.P Career College Death Doula Certification
Currently enrolled at University of Vermont,
The Robert Larner, MD. College of Medicine Death Doula Certification course to further add to my qualifications.
I have experienced End-of-Life awareness with both my grandmother and father-in-law, as well as the rather unfortunate harsh demise of my friend and neighbor.
These encounters have helped to educate me to the fact that attentive listening, compassion empathy and support can assist both the individual and their family navigate the End-of-Life process.
Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
Serving the Western New York area
Monday - Friday: By appointment
Saturday: By appointment
Please call 911