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Doula Services

A doula is a trained professional who provides continual physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother in the time surrounding childbirth. The doula is an advocate, coach, and comfort to a mother during this exciting time.

Our doula services include two prenatal consultations in the weeks prior to the due date, continual support for the duration of labor, and one postpartum consultation about a week following the birth.

Call today to schedule your free doula consultation!

Before the Baby Comes

  • Teach prenatal relaxation techniques to prepare you and the baby for labor

  • Provide information and answer questions about what to expect in the time surrounding the birth

  • Develop a birthing plan

During Labor

Physical Support

  • Soothing with touch through the use of massage, counter pressure, or a rebozo

  • Helping to create a calm environment, like dimming lights and arranging curtains

  • Assisting with water therapy (shower, tub)

  • Applying warmth or cold

  • Assisting the birthing person in walking to and from the bathroom

  • Giving ice chips, food, and drinks

Emotional Support

  • Continuous presence

  • Reassurance

  • Encouragement

  • Praise

  • Helping the birthing person see themselves or their situation more positively

  • Keeping company

  • Showing a caring attitude

  • Mirroring—calmly describing what the birthing person is experiencing and echoing back the same feelings and intensity

  • Accepting what the birthing person wants

  • Helping the birthing person and partner work through fears and self-doubt

  • Debriefing after the birth—listening to the mother with empathy

Informational Support

  • Guiding the birthing person and their partner through labor

  • Suggesting techniques in labor, such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning (positioning is important both with and without epidurals)

  • Helping them find evidence-based information about different options in pregnancy and childbirth

  • Helping explain medical procedures before or as they occur

  • Helping the partner understand what’s going on with their loved one’s labor (for example, interpreting the different sounds the birthing person makes)

After the Birth

  • Meet with you to check-in on the new baby

  • Address any problems or questions you may have

  • Provide references for other professionals such as lactation specialists or postpartum care

Having a doula present for the labor process is physically and psychologically beneficial for a mother and the baby. Women report more pleasant birth experiences, and studies have shown that having a doula reduces the chance of an emergency c-section, decreases the length of labor, and reduces the requests for painkillers. For more information about the role and benefits of a doula, visit AmericanPregnancy.org or EvidenceBasedBirth.com.