Why Hire a Birth Doula?

Statistics

In a comparison with women who had no continuous support, women with companions, like a doula, were: 

 

  28%  less likely to have a cesarean

  31%  less likely to use oxytocin to speed up labor

  34%  less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

   9%  less likely to use pain medication

 

Hodnett ED, Gates S. Hofmeyr G J, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011, Issue 2.

What I Do

  • recognize birth as a unique experience that the mother will remember all her life

  • assist the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth

  • stay by the side of the laboring woman providing emotional support and physical comfort measures throughout the entire labor

  • facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers

  • provide an objective viewpoint and assist the woman and her partner in getting the information they need to make decisions

  • be a reminder of a birth plan if there is a departure

What I Don't Do

  • tell a woman and her partner the "best" way to have their baby

  • anything medical like take blood pressure or temperature, perform vaginal exams, recommend medications or procedures

  • make decisions for the pregnant woman and her partner

  • speak to medical staff on the woman's behalf

  • take the place of the laboring woman's partner

Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?

Goals

A doula will help ease the transition to parenthood through hands-on care, support and education for mom and the new family reassuring and encouraging them to enjoy this precious time.

Mothering the Mother

Bringing a baby into the world is hard work!  New mamas need time to recover.  A doula enables a new mom to rest and bond with her new little one. A good meal, a nap or maybe a shower is what you're craving.  A postpartum doula can watch baby while you have a little time for yourself.

An Extra Pair of Hands

Having a new baby means lots of new chores and the old ones don't go away either. Having a doula around to help out with things like laundry, meal prep or changing a diaper can be just what a new mom needs. And if it's your second or third baby, a doula can help entertain the older children while you're busy with the baby or help them adjust to another sibling.

Education

Babies don't come with instruction books and every baby is different. Having your first baby requires learning many new skills such as diapering, bathing, feeding and the all important soothing and getting baby to sleep. Even a second or third baby may involve a learning curve for new parents as well. Having a doula who is trained and has experience with lots of babies and their care can make all the difference.

Resources

As great as a doula is, we don't know everything and we don't diagnose or treat, but we do have knowledge of many available resources or services that could help if the need arises. It's peace of mind that you aren't in this new world of parenting alone.