What is a doula? The word doula is a Greek word that means 'woman servant or caregiver'. A doula is someone who is trained to give continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman and her partner before, during, and after childbirth.
Why hire a doula? Studies have shown that women who have continuous support, especially from a doula, are more likely to have shorter labors and spontaneous vaginal births, and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, C-sections, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, or negative feelings about childbirth.
What do I help with? -a positive and safe birth experience -education -support for both mother and partner -relaxation techniques -laboring positions -comfort measures during labor -making sure you eat and drink enough -help deciding when to leave for birth place (if necessary) -help with first breastfeeding
What I don't do: -I do not take the place of your partner during birth, but instead enhance the support that your partner is already giving you. -Perform clinical tasks -Make decisions for you. This is your birth! -Speak to the staff on your behalf. I discuss things with you, and you or your partner express what you need to your birth team.
My services: - Two prenatal meetings to discuss birth options and preferences -Phone support as needed during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum -Labor support at home and/or birth place as needed -Emotional, physical and informational support throughout labor, birth and first breastfeeding -One postpartum Visit
Cost: -I currently charge $1,000 for doula services. I offer a discount to couples who take or have taken my class, as we get a better opportunity to know one another and you are well educated going into labor! Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more about my doula services.