What does a Doula do?
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to someone who is pregnant or postpartum. They have the ability to provide comfort during labor with pain management including breathing techniques, relaxation management, massage/counter pressure, and laboring positions. Doulas also encourage participation from the birth partner and help facilitate informed communication between birthing person and medical provider.
Is a Doula like a Midwife?
No, a doula is not "like a midwife". A doula does not and is not qualified to perform any medical procedures including, cervical checks, blood pressure checks, fetal heart rate monitoring, delivering/catching the baby, etc. A doula is not and does not replace a medical care provider such as a midwife or an obstetrician. Having a doula should be in addition to your medical care team.
Will a Doula replace my Birth Partner?
A doula can never replace an attentive, supportive birth partner, whether that be a significant other, a parent, or a good friend. Instead, a doula provides your partner with physical, emotional, and educational support so that they can work with you during the birthing process. Your partner is an expert on you and doulas are experts on birth – the combination of us, along with your medical provider, means that you have the perfect team to support your dream birth experience!
Who hires a Doula?
Some people think that doulas are only for people choosing a natural, drug-free labor. This couldn’t be further than the truth! My ultimate aim is to help you achieve a positive and empowered birth experience for you, whether that’s a vaginal birth, Cesarean birth, unmedicated birth, medicated birth, hospital birth or home birth. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious or spiritual beliefs.
Is it worth hiring a Doula?
Research has shown that the use of a doula during labor and birth results in:
-Decrease in the use of Pitocin
-Shorter overall length of labor
-Decrease in epidural requests and use of any medications for pain relief
-Decrease in forceps delivery
-Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
-Decrease in the risk of emergency cesarean section
-Decrease in the risk of newborns being sent to the NICU
-Better chances of successful breastfeeding
-Decrease the risk of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders
-Decrease in being dissatisfied with the birth experience
We think it's worth it!