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