As a doula, I will provide support prenatally, during your labor and birth, and during the early post partum days. During our prenatal meetings, I will get to know you and your wishes and priorities, and help you feel more prepared and confident. I will provide physical, emotional, and informational support throughout the process of labor and birth. As a trained Lactation Educator Counselor, I can also help guide you with early breastfeeding during our post partum visit.
Doula Services Include:
- Complementary interview at a location of your choice, so you can decide if I am the right doula for you
- Two prenatal visits at your home, where we will focus on your preferences and goals for labor and birth
- 24/7 email and phone support
- Support during labor/birth starting as soon as you desire and continuing up to two hours after baby is born
- One post partum meeting at your home within one week of delivery
More About Doulas:
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and just after birth. What that involves:
Physical support – Helping a woman be as comfortable as possible during labor. Doulas are trained in different comfort techniques – for example, suggesting position changes to help lessen pain or work with your body to help the baby descend.
Emotional support – Most women have at least some anxiety about their labor and birth experience, and a doula is there to help ease that anxiety by being a constant loving and supporting presence. It is scientifically proven that when anxiety is lowered, perception of pain decreases…..the mind body connection is an amazing thing! A doula respects the partner as the main support person when present, and supports both mom and partner by being a calming presence and helping them stay focused and relaxed.
Informational support – Doulas don’t give medical advice or influence any of the decisions you make. A doula supports your choices no matter what they are, but strongly believes that making informed choices is the most important thing. When asked, doulas provide informational resources and answer questions, but our role is not to influence you, rather to help you feel informed and empowered to make the best decisions for you and your family.
Why hire a doula?
Studies have shown the presence of a doula can help reduce the length of labor and the need for medical interventions. By providing continuous support to the laboring woman AND her partner, a doula can help the family have the best possible birth experience.