Doula (pronounced doo-lah) means woman's servant.
Birth doulas, or childbirth assistants, offer non-medical, one-to-one care during pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
This service makes available the nurturing care and support that traditional obstetrical care isn't always able to provide.
A birth doula supports you and your partner by providing the knowledge, comfort, and education necessary for a fulfilling birth experience, using techniques such as:
o breathing techniques and vocalization
o education and advocacy
This doula support allows the laboring woman's partner a greater sense of relaxation, and therefore an increased ability to care for the mother-to-be on an emotional level.
Clinical studies show the benefits of working with a birth doula include:
o reduction in cesarean rates
o reduction in the length of labor
o reduction in the rate of epidural use
o reduction in the need for forceps
o higher breastfeeding rates
Other benefits include:
o higher levels of confidence in partners as coaches
o increased maternal sense of satisfaction in the birth
o overall sense of well-being following delivery
o easier transition into parenthood
Your birth doula will meet with you between 1-3 times prenatally, offer phone and email support, provide early labor support in your home, and work with you throughout active labor and birth in your chosen setting.
She will make one follow-up visit during your early postpartum period.
Postpartum doulas can be a great resource after the birth of your baby.
Most postpartum doulas will come in for 3 to 6 hours a day, 2 or more days per week, for 2 to 10 weeks.
They provide breastfeeding support, meals, help with newborn tasks, errands, and most anything else that helps a household run smoothly.
They do not take over care of the baby, nor do they do heavy housecleaning tasks. Having A postpartum doula provides care for the family after the baby is born on a regular basis can be very reassuring especially in the first weeks after your baby is born.
The presence of a postpartum doula help families to more easily transition into the new family dynamic that accompanies a new baby. Women who employ the use of a postpartum doula experience less incidences of postpartum depression, a higher success rate of breastfeeding, and adjust faster to their new roles than families who don't use postpartum doulas.
To meet our doulas, attend any of our events!