The word doula means "a woman who serves" and I am thrilled to offer you my service in this most exciting time in your and your family's lives! As a little girl I dreamed of helping women bring their babies into the world and was able to attend my own mother's delivery of my brother when I was 15. What a magical deeply impactful experience that was for me! After attending more births for friends and family, and working closely with my pregnant private yoga clients I knew it was the right time for me to become a professional birth & beyond Doula. Throughout history, women have been giving birth with the support of other experienced women. Which is exactly what a doula is.
My focus is on prenatal, labor, loss and the postpartum experience. I am trained to provide emotional, physical, and/or educational support to families during the perinatal process. The distinction between a doula and a clinical birth professional is simple: while midwives and OB-GYNs provide intermittent medical care before, during, and immediately after delivery, doulas exist as a constant support system for the pregnant parent they are serving.
Doulas do not, nor are they trained to, provide medical support or care. They are responsible for continuous comfort and emotional care, as well as answering any relevant questions for the pregnant person and their partner if they have one. The doula's primary mission is to highlight choice, offer education, and be a beacon of calm for the family through the process at large.
What does a doula do?
A birthing doula’s role is to help you have a positive and safe birth experience. During the months before birth, a doula can help you create a birth plan that’s right for you. She will also teach you how to advocate for yourself during labor. This is especially wonderful if you need to or want to labor in the hospital where you’re unlikely to have a close relationship with your medical team.
A birth doula also helps with:
Massage for comfort
Making sure you eat and drink enough
Letting you know when it’s time to go to the hospital or birthing center (if necessary)
What are the benefits of having a doula?
Many studies have shown that the addition of a doula to a woman’s birth team can benefit the mother in numerous ways.
A Cochrane review updated in 2012 compiled data from 22 trials of 15,000 women whose birth experiences included women who had different kinds of continuous support during labor or none at all.
Women who had continuous support, especially from a doula, were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, C-sections, or negative feelings about childbirth.
Other benefits include:
Increased chance of a positive childbirth experience
higher breastfeeding success rate
better maternal self esteem
lower blood pressure during labor
less pain experience.
If interventions are medically necessary, a doula can help support the mother emotionally so she can have a positive birth experience despite changes in her birth plan. She also can find ways to make it more natural in the midst of interventions.
As your doula I will be with you from the onset. You can call or text me once your contractions start, and we will determine when I should come over to your home to support you in early labor. Together, we will decide when it’s best to go to the hospital, birthing center, or call your midwife to come to your home.