A doula is woman trained to offer support to a laboring mother. As a doula I meet with clients prior to birth and become familiar with their goals and plans. Once in labor I offer support through various techniques like counter pressure, massage and various labor position suggestions.
Why hire a doula?
- 50% reduction in Cesarean rate
- 25% shorter labors
- 60% reduction in epidural request
- 40% less Pitocin use
- 30% less analgesia use
- 40% less forceps use
And women with doulas have expressed more positive feelings about their birth experience.
What is included in your fee?
- Initial consult (free of charge)
- 1 or 2 prenatal visits
- On call support from 37 weeks on
- Phone support
- Labor support while in active labor and post partum 1-2 hours
- Follow up visit to go over your birth where I will present you with a timeline of your labor
At your prenatal visits we will discuss your birth plan and how you feel I could best support you both. This time helps me get an idea of ways you like to relax and gives me an opportunity to go over how I can help you have an empowering birth experience. During this time I can demonstrate some techniques for your partner to use at home while in early labor to help you manage your contractions.
I am not there to replace dad, as many sometimes worry. I am there to support you both as a unit. I encourage dads to massage and apply counter pressure and facilitate their involvement. I can be as hands on or hands off as you need, which we will also discuss prior to your birth.