Why Hire a Doula?
It has been shown that having a doula during labor can vastly improve outcomes. This comes in the form of 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 a woman would have had several people care for her during the birth of her baby. These women would be in the form of 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 to the mother by reassuring her that she is doing exactly what her body is meant to do and by offering her evidenced based information prenatally, so that she can make the best decisions for herself and the safe passage of her 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 the 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.