Doulas provide non-medical support for parents-to-be. As a doula, I approach each pregnancy from a place of non-judgment to not only provide detailed information on what to expect during pregnancy, labor and birth but also to help navigate making these decisions with your partner. People will often ask doulas what their birth philosophy is and my response to that question is your philosophy is my philosophy. There are limits to what I can do as your doula. For example, I am not going to make any medical decisions for you. I will always be open to processing information together with you, but ultimately the choices you make are your own. I will encourage you to communicate with your partner and caregiver effectively so that you feel in control and heard throughout your journey. It is of the utmost importance to me that you feel safe and secure at every step of this process.
There are many reasons to hire a doula.
Studies have shown that births have 25% shorter labor, 60% reduction in epidural requests, 50% reduction in cesarean rates, 40% reduction in oxytocin use, 40% reduction in forceps delivery and 30% reduction in analgesia use with a doula in attendance. These studies prove that having a dedicated support person results in a positive birth experience, decreased rates of risk during labor, decreased lengths of neonatal hospital stays, fewer admissions to NICUs, newborns are more likely to breastfeed with ease and mothers are less likely to experience postpartum depression. As your doula I provide around the clock support. If you or your partner are confronted with fear and anxiety about your oncoming due date, I am here for you. We will work through these concerns together and find a solution that works best for you.
Who hires a doula?
What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
Midwives are medically trained professionals who monitor both mother and baby for potential health risks, catch the baby, and provide immediate postpartum care for the baby. A midwife can can perform various medical procedures such as vaginal exams, suturing, monitoring blood pressure and heart rates, etc. A doula cannot catch the baby or perform any medical tasks. Doulas are trained to provide a high level of emotional and physical support. Doulas do not replace medical health care professionals under any circumstances.
I want to hire a doula, but my partner is not comfortable with it.
This is a pretty common reason why some people don’t hire a doula. It is natural for partners to feel nervous about inviting an outsider to the birth of their child. Partners typically feel their role is to protect the mother and their baby, and sometimes this means minimizing outsiders access. Oftentimes, partners will feel more comfortable once they have met with the doula in person and have had an opportunity to address their concerns and fears. I offer free, no obligation consultations at a place of your choosing. It’s not uncommon for partners who were initially reluctant to turn into a doula’s biggest supporter after benefitting from her presence.
Wait, isn’t this what nurses do?
Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Nurses will frequently fill the role a doula plays during labor and birth by providing emotional support. However, their priority is to monitor your health and progress from a medical perspective and these tasks take precedence, especially when they are helping many women simultaneously. Nurses rarely have the time to focus on things related to comfort and support and are usually excited when they find out parents have hired a doula.
Then that’s what I will gladly do. We can discuss what you’d like to be photographed and how to make sure you’re comfortable with the level of modesty. Note: Some hospitals do not allow the actual birth to be photographed or recorded.