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