A doula is a professionally trained woman who supports an expectant mother emotionally, physically and educationally during her pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. A doula helps the mother to have a safe, memorable, empowering birth experience.
What does a Doula do?
During pregnancy Doulas are available 24/7 during email, phone, text to to answer questions, build a relationship, and prepare the expectant parents for the upcoming birth. She also helps to prepare mothers birth preference list.
During labor the Doula stays with mother and helps with coping techniques, providing support and helping with laboring postitions. She is there to advocate for mother during this time.
After birth the Doula is there to help get you settled and establish breastfeeding.
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
A doula cannot perform anything medical. She is there solely for your emotional, physical, and educational support during pregnancy and labor. A midwife is the one there to do all the medical aspects of birth, including blood pressure, heart tones, measuring belly and etc.
I am planning on getting an epidural, how can you support me?
The presence of a doula can be beneficial no matter what type of birth you are choosing. Even with a medicated birth I can help you cope until the administering of medications. I can still support your emotionally, physically, and educationally.
Why hire a doula?
Studies have shown that having a doula present can minimize the number of interventions during labor and delivery. They can help you to know your options in birth and prepare you for the upcoming birth.
My husband/partner is a great support, why do I need a doula?
As a doula I am not there to take the place of your husband, I am there to work with him, together, as a team. I can encourage your husband/partner to support you with comfort techniques, and to support you emotionally during labor and birth. If your husband needs a break the I can step in his place.