A Doula is a specially trained woman who accompanies a woman and/or couple during labor to provide educational, emotional and physical support. Our continuous, knowledgeable, and reassuring presence makes a dramatic difference on how confident and comfortable a woman feels during labor and birth.
The word "Doula" comes from the ancient Greek 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 the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when Doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
What Does A Doula Do?
How Does A Doula Service Work?
Mom/couple set up a meeting with the Doula to become acquainted and discuss your priorities and desires. We will review any childbirth education and design a personal birth plan. Once contracted, the Doula will be on call as your due date approaches. Constant phone support is available. There will always be a backup Doula on call as well. Because we are a team of Doulas, we can guarantee that you will not be alone.
Once mom is in labor, we are by your side until after the baby's birth. We stay 1-2 hours after the birth or until mom is comfortable with our leaving. A follow up visit, as well as phone support when needed, completes the service.
We recommend that you interview a few of the Doulas. You want to find the right Doula for you, and our Doulas are very diverse in their backgrounds, life experiences and personalities.
Please email or call an assortment of Doulas. You can make that first contact by email or phone, set up a 'meet and greet' and decide who is the right Doula for you! Once you've made your decision, you can do a fuller pre-meeting and the personalization of your birth will start at that point.
What is a Labor Doula?
We believe that every woman should have the best possible birth experience, one in which she feels empowered and respected. We are committed to advocating for your desires and helping you turn your dreams of a beautiful birth into a reality! Our goal is leave every family we support feeling served, respected and appreciated.
Nurses, Doctors and Midwives offer incredible medical care but cannot always give a pregnant or laboring woman the amount of time, education and emotional support she needs. Often, women feel like "another uterus on the assembly line." We offer the empathetic, compassionate and educational support that is currently lacking in obstetrics.
We believe in limiting unnecessary medical interventions but, represent an educated voice when interventions are necessary to ensure the safety of you and your baby! We believe in helping couples enter in to parenthood with confidence by helping to create the most empowering birth environment possible through education and encouragement.
Benefits Of Having A Trained Labor Doula:
Studies have proven the benefits of labor support:
Research from The Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that the presence of female labor support includes the following obstetrical outcomes:
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula is a woman trained to give in-home care to parents with newborn babies. Many new mothers find that the challenges of having a newborn are more than they anticipated and they appreciate some extra help. While a Postpartum Doula specializes in newborn care, her ultimate goal is not only to care for the baby, but to help the new mother care for her baby more effectively.
A Postpartum Doula will usually come in right after the return home from the hospital stay and provide care for the mother, baby and household during the “settling in” time. Sometimes a Postpartum Doula will come after the new father returns to work and the mother is left alone with her baby for the first few weeks. Ultimately it is the needs of the new mother that will determine what type of postpartum assistance is needed and for how long.
What is an Antepartum Doula?
If you want support during childbirth, you can get a Labor Doula. Want help after the baby’s here? Then a postpartum Doula is for you. But what if you need help before the baby’s arrived, during pregnancy? What if you’re on bed rest, or you’re experiencing a difficult pregnancy and need extra support? Then, you want an Antepartum Doula.
Antepartum Doulas are a newer kind of Doula, specializing in supporting women going through a high-risk or difficult pregnancy. They support their clients in a number of ways. If a woman is on bed rest, an Antepartum Doula can help much like a Postpartum Doula helps a new mother – cooking meals, light housework, helping the mother organize things for the new baby, and, most importantly, providing emotional and informational support.
Who Needs an Antepartum Doula?
An Antepartum Doula can help to gather information about support groups for a high risk pregnancy and/or bedresting women, giving her the comfort that she is not alone. An Antepartum Doula can act as a ‘sounding board’ for concerns and fears about the pregnancy.
Many times, an Antepartum Doula is someone who has faced a difficult pregnancy herself, and that in and of itself can be very comforting to the woman who is facing similar circumstances and is uncertain about what to expect.
Antepartum Doulas aren’t just for women on bed rest, however. Teenage mother’s may want an Antepartum Doula to help support them through the difficult emotional challenges. Women who need extra support may hire an antepartum Doula, as may a mother who experiences severe morning sickness.
If an expecting mother wants more support during the pregnancy, whether it’s help at home or having someone to come with her to doctor appointments, an Antepartum Doula can help fill that need.
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