You may be wondering if a Birth Doula is the right choice for you. A certified Birth Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after birth; and emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. She will become part of your birth team providing assistance and support with necessary guidance without taking over.
Having a Birth Doula by your side can enhance your birth experience for you and your partner through guided comfort, relaxation techniques, massage and the presence of an experienced labor coach. Your Birth Doula is committed to ensuring you have a positive childbirth experience.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
You will meet your Birth Doula at an in-home interview to discuss your birth plan. Your doula will work together with you and your labor partner, to provide you the support needed during the different stages of labor and birth. She will be with you during your early labor at home and will remain with you at the hospital until after birth. Doulas believe that birth is normal, natural and healthy.
She is also available to provide continued support to you and your baby at home. You may find it helpful to connect with someone who will provide you with ongoing support from pregnancy, labor, birth, bringing your baby home, and recovery. This service is best utilized when you connect with your doula during your 5th to 7th month of pregnancy.