What is a Doula?
A Birth Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, informational support and advocacy to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her have a healthy birth experience. There are also Postpartum Doulas, that assist with providing care to new mothers immediately after childbirth. This assistance of a Postpartum Doula varies from doula to doula, but typically consists of light house keeping, breastfeeding assistance, newborn care, and light meal preparation.
NOTE: There is a common mix up between doulas and midwives. Doulas provide non medical support during labor and delivery, while midwives are trained to provide medical care to mom & baby. Midwives deliver your baby. Doulas are your “coach” throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum.
What are some of the benefits of having a doula during pregnancy, labor and birth?
- Having the presence of someone that understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman
- Someone to provide continuously support of the mother throughout labor
- A source of emotional support, physical comfort measures, and assistance with getting the mother information she needs to make informed decisions
- A non bias party to facilitate communication between the birthing person, her partner and clinical care providers
Are you available for my expected due date?
Check our availability HERE. We are a one mama ran business right now. If we do not have availability for your due date, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive referrals for other great doulas in our area!
At what point in my pregnancy should I hire a doula?
The earlier you hire a doula, the more time you have to build a relationship with your doula, ask questions, and gain information. We prefer to be contacted around 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you are further along in your pregnancy, reach out to your preferred doula as soon as possible to ensure she can accommodate your due date.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes. We can create a payment plan to tailor your needs.