Why hire a doula?

In Greek, the word doula means “a woman who serves”.  Doula now refers to a trained professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.  As a doula, supporting families during this special time is an honor that I cherish.  Please feel free to contact me.  I would love to discuss how I could help you achieve your ideal birth with you and your partner.  

Ten reasons to hire a doula

  1. A better birth experience for everyone - Having the continual support of a doula has been shown to increase the likelihood of a satisfying birth experience*.  An experienced doula will help give you confidence, provide reassurance, and help you view your birth as a natural, positive experience.
  2. Continuous Support - Unlike Nurses, most doulas do not work in shifts.  You will have the same support person assisting you throughout your birth. Your doula will be there for you alone,  and will cater to your individual needs and wishes.
  3. Birth plan assistance - An experienced doula will provide guidance in creating a detailed birth plan.  You will be presented with options,  and I will help you draft a preferences document in simple and easy to read format.  As your doula, I would know you and your birth preferences, and help support them throughout labor and make every effort to help you achieve the birth you have envisioned.
  4.  A decrease in interventions - Births attended by doulas have been shown to have a 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin, a 28% decrease in the risk of C-section, 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief, and a 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*.
  5.  Experienced and trained in Childbirth – As an experienced doula who has attended over 40 births, I know what is normal throughout different stages of labor and childbirth.  I will be there through it all to help guide you through the birth process.
  6.  Doulas are for birth partners too- A doula is there to guide both mom and dad, through the process of childbirth. I could suggest ways for the birth partner to support the laboring mom, while respecting the role the birth partner wants to play. The presence of a doula also allows the birth partner to take guilt free breaks, which can be very important, especially in longer labors.
  7.  Informational support- As a trained doula, I am able to offer valuable information and advice during pregnancy and birth.  This can range from how to tell the difference between Braxton-Hicks contractions and the real thing, to lending you books from my extensive collection of childbirth and pregnancy books during your pregnancy.
  8.  Physical Support- As a birth doula, I am trained in comfort measures, and familiar with suggesting different positions and techniques that can help allow more comfortable laboring and help the process progress.  I will assist you by knowing when and how to apply hip pressure, when to gently massage, and which positions are best for specific situations.
  9.  Emotional Support- Birth is an emotional experience.  A doula can be a calming presence for many moms and dads.  Having someone experienced in childbirth who knows what to expect at different stages of the process can be very comforting, especially for first time parents.
  10. Breastfeeding- If you desire, I will be glad to help you and your child initiate breastfeeding after the birth.  Studies have shown that having a doula present at your birth increases your chance of having a positive experience with breastfeeding initiation and later feeding routines.

 

*Hodnett, E. D., S. Gates, et al. (2012). “Continuous support for women during childbirth.” Cochrane database of systematic reviews: CD003766.

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