What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek word meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth.
A doula’s expertise is in offering comfort and reassurance. Her presence helps a laboring woman to feel safe and confident throughout labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period. Help with comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing, massage and positioning means the mother’s partner can play an active support role with more confidence.
While nurses, doctors and midwives change shifts and must come and go to attend to other patients, a doula remains with the laboring woman and her family continuously until baby is born and everyone is settle.
Benefits of a Doula26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section41% less likely to give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps28% less likely to use any pain medications and33% less likely to be dissatisfied with or negatively rate their birth experienceA doula’s presence also helps partners and others invited to the birth to participate at their own comfort level and greatly increases the mother’s overall satisfaction with her birthing experience.
A Doulas Role is to:
- Recognize birth as a key experience, which the mother & her family will remember all their lives.
- Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a women in labor.
- Assist the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
- Stay with the woman throughout her labor.
- Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.
- Facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers.
- Perceive her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience.
- Allow the woman's partner to participate at their comfort level.
- Free consultation visit (a "get to know you" visit)
- Minimum of 3 prenatal visits (education, birth planning, resources and referral)
- Continuous, uninterrupted labor support (including hands-on comfort measures
and positioning recommendations, informational and emotional support)
- Customized Childbirth Education (to help you make truly informed decisions)
- 2 post-partum home visits
- Breastfeeding support and referrals
I will also be available to you at any time through email, phone, and texting. For 2 weeks before and after your due date, I will be on-call 24-hours a day for you. If you go into labor at another time, I will still do everything in my power to attend your birth.
Please contact me and we will discuss your specific situation!