EXPECTING A BABY?
There may be no other time in life more overwhelming, transformative, and memorable than pregnancy, birth, and bringing home a new baby.
Many people struggle to find the information and help they need during this important time. This is where a doula delights in making a difference. The word doula comes from a Greek word meaning "woman servant". The word is now used to describe a professional trained to provide families with informational, physical, and emotional support through their transition to parenthood.
Studies have now shown that continuous care from a doula results in better outcomes for babies and new moms, and in higher satisfaction with the process of birth.
Birth preparation classes that focus on evidence-based options and lifelong coping skills also go a long way toward a positive birth experience and a supported postpartum time.
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BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
Comprehensive support to provide solid preparation and continuous care for birth & postpartum.
Can be customized with extra services to suit your needs for this unforgettable time in your life.
On call availability, at your service from the time contract is signed.
Local referrals, and recommendations.
Birth preferences consulting.
One 2-hour prenatal meeting to discuss birth options and relaxation techniques.
One group prenatal meeting for more in-depth birth prep
On call availability 24/7 to discuss signs of labor and provide suggestions for maximum comfort.
My attendance in labor wherever and whenever you need it.
Hands-on comfort measures, encouragement, and coping tools.
Continuous presence through the time of birth and for 1-2 hours afterwards.
Photos of treasured moments during baby's arrival.
Qualified backup doula to provide care in the event of an extremely long labor or unexpected circumstances.
Printed timeline of the events of your baby's arrival.
Assistance with baby's first feeding.
Postpartum visit to discuss healing, recovery, sleep, feeding, and family life changes.
Phone consulting availability to troubleshoot baby care and general adjusting.
Trusted referral network for after-baby wellness.
Private sessions designed to meet your specific needs and circumstances.
Schedule one or more as extra specialized support with your doula package, or as a stand-alone service
A birth plan is about
knowing your options so you're not caught off guard when unforseen circumstances arise.
Take your pregnancy and birth to a whole new level of comfort with optimal positioning, rebozo techniques, and relaxation tools.
Dive deep into a thorough understanding of your options and deeper preparation of mind and body to own your VBAC.
What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?
A midwife is a trained health professional who has the credentials to provide medical care for a woman's needs in pregnancy and childbirth, including delivering the baby.
A doula provides emotional, physical and informational support to the laboring mother and her partner. A doula works alongside an OB or midwife who will deliver the baby. She helps her client obtain information needed to make informed decisions regarding medical procedures. She maintains constant availability to her clients during labor to suggests and provide various comfort measures and position changes to facilitate the birth. A doula focuses on the mind-body connection in the birth process and follows up by supporting the clients in their transition to parenthood.
Will my partner feel left out if a doula is present?
Dads or birth partners tend to feel much more confident and satisfied with their coaching role when a doula is present to encourage and guide! In fact, a doula is there to support and assist the dad as well as the laboring mom. Her continuous presence will free up others in the birthing room to take a rest when needed or get a meal. She will offer suggestions for how to help the mom, and will be sensitive to the amount of involvement the birth partner is comfortable with.
What if I want pain medication or need a c-section?
A doula is there to support the mother in having the birth that she wants. A common misconception is to think that doulas are only for those who desire an entirely unmedicated birth. All birth scenarios can benefit greatly from the continuous, undivided support of a doula. Even with an epidural, there is need for comfort measures, specialized positioning, and informed decision-making regarding interventions. If labor results in a c-section or any unplanned outcome, a doula's emotional support can make a potentially frightening situation into one that is more positive for all involved.
Will a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula will never make decisions on a client's behalf. She will support you as you make your own decisions regarding your birthing experience. Her goal is for you to feel empowered to make choices for the care of your own child, and for your family relationships to be enhanced and strengthened.
Does a doula really make a difference?
ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) published a committee opinion in Feb 2019 titled Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth. Their recommendations included the following conclusion: "Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor. Benefits described in randomized trials include shortened labor, decreased need for analgesia, fewer operative deliveries, and fewer reports of dissatisfaction with the experience of labor."