Why Hire a Doula?
Research has shown that having a doula during labor can vastly improve outcomes. A doula provides emotional and non-medical support, making it different than the care one would receive with a medical professional. Because the birth of each child can have a long lasting effect on both mother and baby, it is important that birthing people be fully supported.
Throughout history we’ve seen that birth givers would have had several people caring for them during the birth of their baby. These people would be mothers, sisters, friends and experienced elders. Since most births today take place without the emotional and physical support of a community, doctors, midwives and nurses often find themselves caring for multiple people at once and not being able to give individual care, thus making a doula necessary.
A doula provides emotional support by reassuring you that you are doing exactly what your body is meant to do and by offering you evidenced based information prenatally, so that you can make the best decisions for yourself and the safe passage of your baby. Having a doula has been linked to: lower cesarean rates, less interventions and a more positive birth experience.
But I have a partner, why do I need a doula?
This is a question I get a lot and love to address. If you have a partner you still need a doula! Doulas not only provide support to the birthing person but to their partners as well. We are all human and sometimes our partners need a break. They can rest assured that you are in good hands with me so that they can eat, sleep, take care of other little ones and themselves. I work with partners in supporting you by having them get involved with comfort measures and reassuring them if things get intense. I use my intuition and what I learn about you as a couple prenatally, to determine when it’s best for me to step in or step aside. If I see you’re in a good rhythm with your partner, I will not interrupt. Instead I will stand by in case any questions arise in labor and hold space for you both. Is your partner not very hands on when it comes to birth? That’s ok too and I can provide support while still including your partner emotionally. All of this applies to any person you choose to include in your birth.
What if I don’t want a natural birth?
No problem. As a doula I provide unconditional support for any type of birth you wish to have. I have experience with both natural and highly medicalized births. This includes: induction, epidurals and cesareans. If you and your provider think an intervention may be needed or wanted, I will provide you with evidenced based information to make sure you are making the best decision for you and your baby. I can still offer emotional and physical comfort to you, no matter what interventions are used during your birth. I remain unbiased throughout my care because I want what is best for YOU and YOUR birth experience.