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What is a doula?

The word "doula" comes from the Greek meaning "a woman who serves". A doula is a professional who is skillfully trained to assist women through the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum seasons. A doula provides continuous informational, emotional, and physical support.

Studies show that having a doula present at your birth can lead to a shorter labor, fewer complications and interventions, a significantly decreased risk of having a cesarean birth, and an easier start to breastfeeding.

For more information on what a doula is, watch this video.


What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

Unlike a midwife, a doula is not a healthcare provider. A doula does not make decisions for you, deliver your baby, or perform any medical procedures. I cannot diagnose, offer medical advice, or speak on your behalf. I am there to provide you with informational, emotional, and physical support throughout your labor.


How will a doula support me during labor?

As your labor & birth doula, I will provide you with continuous encouragement and natural comfort measures such as aromatherapy, massage, and counter-pressure. Labor tools that I bring to a birth may include a rebozo, heat and cold packs, TENS unit, essential oils and diffuser, massage balls, laminated affirmation cards, homeopathic, herbal, and floral remedies, a birth ball, and more. I will also give you information about the birth process and help facilitate communication between you and your healthcare provider.

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Does a doula take on the role of my partner during labor?

No. In fact, partners are often able to participate more fully with a doula present. Doulas are trained to encourage and support your loved one(s) to participate to their maximum potential while respecting and maintaining everyone's maximum level of comfort. With the support of a doula, partners can participate at whatever level is most comfortable.


Does it matter what type of birth I am having?

Not at all. A doula will benefit you regardless of what type of birth you are having. I bring support to home births, hospital births, unmedicated births, medication-assisted births, cesarean births, and more. My goal is to help you feel confident in your body, your baby, and your choices regardless of your birth plan.


At what point do you arrive at my birth and how long do you stay?

I will arrive at your birth whenever you choose to have me there. Some women desire the support of a doula soon after labor begins and others don't request their doulas until well within active labor. If you plan to labor at home before arriving at the hospital I can support you at home during that time and then follow you to the hospital when you are ready. I will remain with you until at least two hours after your birth to help you get settled and establish breastfeeding.


Is having a doula actually necessary?

Your baby will come out regardless of whether or not you have a doula. However, studies show that having a doula present at your birth will lead to a decrease in the risk of cesarean birth, reduced use of Pitocin, a shorter labor, less likelihood of medical interventions and pain medication, a decreased risk of forceps or vacuum delivery, and a decreased risk of postpartum depression. Even more importantly, having a doula at your birth often leads to an increased level of satisfaction with your birth experience and an easier start to breastfeeding.

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