What is a doula?
The term "doula" is derived from a Greek word meaning "servant", "slave", or "woman caregiver". Today, a doula is a (non-medical) trained labor companion who is skilled in offering emotional, physical, and educational support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Why have a doula join your birth team?
A woman's body is designed to create, harbor, grow and birth another human being. How incredible is that? Imagine moving through your desire to create a human with empowerment, confidence, and joy. Regardless of how or where you chose to labor and birth, we believe that with the right support team, your experience can be free of fear, rich with knowledge and options, and surrounded by love. A doula can assist with evidence based strategies for reducing pain and enhancing coping with labor, such as movement, massage, hydro-therapy, and more. A doula helps protect the sacredness of the birth space, created by you. By truly listening and understanding your desires, we can empower you by providing you with the knowledge, resources and understanding of how the body births - encouraging you to continue to trust your body. As the wise, Ina May Gaskin says, "your body is not a lemon".
What do services include?
- One free in-person consultation to discuss services and decide if we would be a good fit.
- Provide evidence-based information so you can decide what is best for YOU and your birth
- Assistance creating a birth plan, if desired
- Access to our resource library with many books and articles on pregnancy and birth
- Unlimited availability over phone/email/text throughout pregnancy to answer questions
- Two prenatal visits to discuss in-depth birth plan and preferences, provide information on alternatives and options during birth, and help the client become familiar with comfort measures and pain management during labor.
- 24/7 on call from 37 weeks until baby is born
- Referrals to local providers, include acupuncturists, chiropractors, lactation consultants, pediatricians, etc.
- In-person support either at your home or place of birth during active labor through 1-2 hours postpartum, usually until breastfeeding is established.
- Provide evidence-based information to help you make informed decisions during the childbirth process
- Supporting your birth plan which we have previously discussed
- Suggesting frequent position changes to aid the labor progress
- Providing comfort measures including massage, rebozo techniques, heat and cold, aromatherapy, flameless candles, and position changes.
- Able to relieve your partner if they need a break to get food or rest
- Able to provide your partner with suggestions for effective ways to help you
- Help facilitate open and direct communication between you and your care providers
- One postpartum visit during which we discuss your labor and birth experience,
- Suggestions and guidance surrounding breastfeeding, newborn sleep, and newborn care
- Suggestions and guidance around maternal healing, emotional support and resources for navigating the "fourth trimester".
- We provide you with a timeline of your labor progress (we take notes of significant points during labor and write down facts, which allows you to more easily remember and piece your story back together).
- Referrals to additional local postpartum professionals such as: IBCLC's, Lactations Specialists, PPD and more
Additional postpartum assistance may be available for an additional fee.