Doula

What Is A Doula?

The word “doula” comes from ancient Greece and is now used to refer to someone experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A birth doula–

  • Recognizes childbirth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for the birth.
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience.
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at comfort level.

“Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction, and reduce the risk of mood disorders.”
–What is a Doula? Brochure, DONA International, WIADusa 5/05

Birth Doula services include:

  • Free prenatal consultation to discuss your birth plans and how I may assist you and your partner through childbirth.
  • Pre-natal visit(s) in your home (one or more depending upon need).
  • A birth packet, full of information to help laboring woman and her family to make informed decisions.
  • Birth plan preparation assistance.
  • Phone and email support upon hiring me as your birth doula.
  • Community referrals.
  • 24-hour on-call labor support at week 37 of your pregnancy and two weeks thereafter.
  • Continuous labor support from beginning of labor until the birth of baby.
  • Assistance and education in understanding any complications or interventions that may arise.
  • Massage, acupressure points, breathing guidance, and visualization during labor.
  • HypnoBirthing® guidance
  • Rebozo techniques available.
  • Homeopathic options available.
  • Aromatherapy options available.
  • Breastfeeding support at birth with initial latch.
  • Backup doula guaranteed.
  • Photos and/or video of birth (may be contingent on hospital policies).
  • One in-home postpartum breastfeeding support session to assure comfortable breastfeeding positions in the home and assist with any concerns.
  • One postpartum visit at around two weeks to adore the baby(s), review the labor experience and answer any questions.

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