What is the role of a Birth Doula?
A birth doula is a trained professional who supports and guides expecting families through pregnancy, birth and immediate postpartum support. A doula is an important part of an expecting families support team, by helping to ground expecting parents, ensure that they are making informed decisions for themselves, and making them feel completely supported in their journey. The main goal of a doula is to make the birthing person feel safe, honored, educated and comfortable- allowing the medical team to perform necessary tasks and also support the growing family . A doula makes sure you are aware of all of your options when it comes to your labour and birth, and support your every decision. A doula is not a medical professional, and does not take the place of a OBGYN, Midwife or significant other.
Why should i have a birth doula?
Pediatrician Dr. John Kennell, author of “Maternal-Infant Bonding” once stated,
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
By having a doula studies show that:
Labor length is shortened by 25%
Epidural rates lowered by 60%
Cesarean rates lowered by 50%
Pitocin use lowered by 40%
You are 34% less likely to have a negative birth experience
Birth Doula Services
Pre-Interview for us to get acquainted
2 customized prenatal visits
Development of a birth plan through informed decision making
Creation of a vision board during our second prenatal visit to use as visualization during birth
Overview of hands on comfort measures for yourself and support person/partner
Unlimited text/email support for last month of pregnancy
On call 24/7 from 37 weeks until birth
Continuous, dedicated support throughout labor and birth
First latch breastfeeding assistance and encouragement, if desired
Immediate postpartum support in home, birth center or hospital for up to 2 hours following birth
1 postpartum visit to discuss birth, answer questions and connect to community resources .
What I bring to the birth
Crystals/Sage/Palo Santo (to cleanse and protect the space)
Lights for a peaceful setting and mood
Comfort Techniques (Massage, breathing exercises)
Copies of your established birth plan (to provide to medical staff)
Please see our ‘Pricing and Packages’ page to purchase this plan. Flexible payment plans are available as well as sliding scale options. Please send me an email and provide me with information about your situation. Everyone deserves a doula regardless of financial limitations, let’s work something out!