Is a Birth Doula for me?
A birth doula is a professional trained in childbirth who gives emotional, physical and informational support to the mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The birth doula’s purpose is to help the woman have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.
My husband (partner) is my left hand and my doula is my right. – from Doulas Making a Difference
Doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been supporting and serving women in childbirth for many centuries. This support has had a positive impact on the labor process.
What does a birth doula do? Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is born. We provide education, help with developing a birth plan, answer questions and support your goals for your birth experience. We are knowledgeable in many medical and non-medical aspects of labor and delivery; thus helping the client gain a better understanding of procedures and complications so they can make better choices for their birth.
During delivery we are in constant touch with the mom providing comfort for pain relief, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, position changing, massage, offering encouragement and advocating for the mom through the entire process. The goal of a doula is to help the mom experience a positive and safe birth, whether it is medicated, unmedicated or a cesarean. We help with breastfeeding after the delivery.
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a birth doula present during labor –
- A very high number of positive birth outcomes
- Women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered
- They were less likely to have a cesarean birth
- Having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%
- What training have you had?
- What services do you provide?
- What are your fees?
- Are you available for my due date?
- What made you become a birth doula?
- What is your philosophy regarding childbirth?
- What happens if for some reason you are not available at the time of my birth?
- Intermittent Fetal Heart Monitoring during labor while at home to assess the condition of the baby
- Vaginal exams for determining progression of labor and fetal position
- Palpation to determine the position of the baby
Birth Doula and Monitrice services are now reimbursable through company spending plans and insurance reimbursement
If a birth doula appeals to you, contact me today so we can start you on your journey towards the birth of your dreams!