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Birth Doula

Having a doula as part of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of pitocin by 40% and the request for an epidural by 60%.

Birth Doula Services

As you probably know, a Birth Doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and partner before, during and just after childbirth. A doula can support you during a hospital birth or a homebirth. A doula who accompanies a woman in labor “mothers the mother”, taking care of her emotional and physical needs throughout childbirth. A doula also provides support and suggestions for partners that can enhance their experiences of birth. A postpartum doula continues that valuable emotional support and guidance, helping a family make a smooth transition into new family dynamics.

As your doula I provide 2 prenatal visits, on-call availability two weeks prior or after your due date, continuous care during early and active labor and into the immediate postpartum time. I am also available for postpartum doula work, helping you for the first few weeks after the birth!

Birth Doula Services:

1.) Two-three prenatal visits

During our prenatal visits we will get to know each other.  We can talk about any questions or concerns you have or we can develop a birth plan, discuss labor, breastfeeding, etc.  This is your time to get to know me and learn about how I can help you!  I am available for email or phone support at anytime.

2.) Continuous care during early and active labor, childbirth and during the immediate postpartum

As your birth doula I will be there from the time you feel you need me until after the baby is born. I am on-call for you 24/7 the two weeks before and after your due date. Once you are in labor and request me by your side I should be able to get to you within an hour. I am there to meet your needs during labor. I do this by helping your partner show you relaxation and pain coping techniques, suggesting position changes, massage, filling everyone’s basic needs (food, drinks, bathroom breaks, etc), helping you acquire additional information about interventions if they become necessary, and making sure your labor and birth go as smoothly as possible-whatever you need. I am also available to take birth photography. If you don’t have a partner or your partner is not going to be involved with the birth, you can expect that I will give you all the one-on-one support you need. If you do have a birth partner my role will be to support the both of you.  Think of me as a sister, mom, and bestfriend rolled up into one caring, supportive person.

3.) One follow up postpartum visit

I will come visit you once your home and help with any postpartum needs you may have.  I am a Lactation Counselor so I can help with breastfeeding or anything else you need!  If you decide you would like more continuous postpartum support I can also be hired for additional postpartum care.

My husband and I used a doula at the births of our children.  As a laboring mom I can’t imagine NOT having a doula. Our doula supported me (pressing on my hips, helping with suggestions, massage) so that my husband could hug me, breathe with me and talk to me.  Without a doula I honestly would not have been able to have my husband support me the way he did.  Our doula’s presence allowed my husband and I to work together more closely. My husband always jokes that our doula did the hard manual labor (aside from me of course…) so that he had the freedom to care for me in a stress-free and confident way.

As a father-to-be, it can be daunting to be the only labor support person present. Fathers are expected to be familiar with the process and terminology of birth, to understand medical procedures and hospital protocols, and advocate for yourself and your partner in an environment that may be unfamiliar and stressful. As a doula, I relieve this pressure so that you can be present with your partner and enjoy the process of becoming a father to your new baby.

As a doula, I can provide information to help you make appropriate decisions and facilitate communication between you, your partner, and medical care providers. I can be reassuring for both father and mother-to-be, offering perspective and information on the symptoms and progression of labor; suggesting labor-coping techniques; and offering encouragement. In short, I will never leave you without a plan or with unanswered questions.