Provides Continuous Physical, Emotional and Educational Support.

The birth doula offers help and advice regarding coping techniques such as breathing, relaxation, movement, and positioning. She also comforts the woman with touch, hot or cold packs, beverages, warm baths and showers, and other supportive measures, regardless of a woman's choices for medication. She also assists the woman and her partner to become informed about labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort for the entire labor. A good doula will not make decisions for their clients nor will they project their own values and goals onto the laboring woman.

 

If We Hire a Birth Doula,
What Should We Expect to Receive?

A professional doula will be available by phone, facetime, email or text upon hire and a minimum of one prenatal session is provided to establish an understanding of your needs and cover any questions you may have. When you go into early labor you will be provided with continuous phone support until active labor, in which the doula is called into either the home or the hospital. A doula will stay with you in active labor until up to two hours after your birth. This is generally long enough to support breastfeeding if desired, answer questions about postpartum hospital procedures, and make sure the new family is feeling supported. One postpartum visit is included to discuss common postpartum concerns and debrief your birth experience if desired. 

 

Will A Doula Replace My Partner
or Care Provider?

The short answer is ‘No’. Nothing can replace the support of a willing partner. A doula's role is to offer a number of things a partner or mother's companion may not be able to offer, including up to date evidenced based information, familiarity with various birth options, comfort techniques/birth specific troubleshooting, and continuous emotional reassurance for both mom AND partner when labor gets overwhelming, painful or there is an emergency. A doula is also different than your medical team- she cannot provide medical advice, but can provide you with resources and reminders to ask appropriate questions. Your care provider takes care of your medical and physical health, whereas a doula will strive to take care of your family’s emotional well being.

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