What is a Doula?

 

 

A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

– DONA International

Women have been helping women birth for all time. Labor is a time to connect mind and body. A Doula helps to facilitate this connection for not only the mother but the partner as well. A Doula’s knowledge of correct body posture during pregnancy,  labor position changes as well as breathing and counter pressure techniques can help mother and baby work together for a healthy satisfying birth. Doulas support every type of birth whether unmedicated, medicated, or cesarean, and at home, hospital, or birth center.

DONA International: Doula Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

DONA International Position Paper: The Birth Doula’s Role in Maternity Care

An overview of our services:

Before Labor

  • Will meet with you and your partner at least once (preferably twice), to become acquainted. We will remain in touch via telephone and/or SMS
  • We will explore and discuss your priorities, concerns, and birth plans, with a focus on evidence-based information
  • Will be on-call for your birth in the weeks around your due date

During Labor

  • Will provide initial telephone support until we decide it is time for us to support you in-person
  • Will remain with you throughout your labor and birth

After the Birth

  • Will remain with you for at least one hour after the birth, until you are comfortable, you have established initial feeding, and your family is ready for quiet time together
  • We will schedule a follow-up visit within 2 weeks to meet the baby and review the birth