Doula Services

What is a birth doula?

"Like travel guides in a foreign country, birth and postpartum doulas help support new families through the life changing experience of having a baby!" -DONA International

A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

Standard Birth Doula Services

Free Consultation

Learn about what a doula does, what it is like to work with me, and to get all of your questions answered. Consultations are free and require no obligation. 

Two Prenatal Visits

We'll get to know each other, learn how we can best work as a team, discuss your birth preferences and the options available to you, practice comfort measures, and more.

Phone & Email Support

With generous phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and postpartum period, I am available to help answer questions, share information, and make referrals within the community.

During Labor

I provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support during labor, regardless of length and will join you when you feel you need my support, either in your home or at the hospital.

Reflection Visit

This in-home meeting serves as an opportunity to reflect on your birth experience and discuss your postpartum recovery, feeding, and infant care.

Community Referrals

If you find that you need further support that I am unable to provide, I am happy to refer you to the right professional or resource.

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Clinical Benefits of Birth Doula Support

Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated that the support of a doula results in:

  • decreased risk of cesarean birth

  • decreased use of pitocin

  • decreased maternal request for pain medication

  • decreased need for instrumental birth (forceps or vacuum)

  • decreased postpartum depression

  • increased breastfeeding rates

  • increased newborn APGAR scores

  • increased maternal satisfaction of birth experience

A birth doula does not:

  • provide any clinical care or assessment including cervical exams, fetal heart monitoring, blood pressure readings, etc.

  • Make decisions for you. Your doula will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.

  • Speak to the staff on your behalf. Your doula will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you and your partner will communicate directly to the clinical staff regarding your decisions and preferences.