What Is
A
Birth Doula?

 

 

As a birth doula I am trained and experienced in childbirth. We provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “Woman’s servant.” We accompany you during labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. A doula does NOT make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions. 

I am a Certified HypnoBirthing® instructor and a DONA certified birth doula. I am also independent and self-employed.  I work for you, the expecting couple. I provide physical and emotional and informational support as needed during your pregnancy, during birth and after birth.  I provide all the support but all the decisions will be made by you and your birth partner. You are in control of this birth.   

 

When interviewing a doula you may want to ask the following questions:

• Tell me/us about your philosophy about childbirth and supporting women and their partners through labor.

• May we meet to discuss our birth plans and the role you will play in supporting me/us through childbirth?

• May we call you with questions or concerns before and after the birth?

• When do you try to join women in labor? Do you come to our home or meet us at the place of birth?

• Do you meet with me/us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?


Benefits of Hiring a Doula

  • Reduced the overall cesarean rate by 50%
  • Reduced the length of labor by 25%
  • Reduced oxytocin use by 40%
  • Reduced the use of pain medication by 30%
  • Reduced forceps deliveries by 40%
  • Reduced requests for epidural pain medication by 60%
  • Reduced incidences of maternal fever
  • Reduced the number of days newborns spent in NICU (neo-natal infant care unit)
  • Reduced the amount of septic workups performed on newborns
  • Resulted in higher rates of breastfeeding
  • Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal confidence
  • Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal and newborn health
  • Resulted in decreased rates of postpartum depression