What is a doula?

What is a doula?

Doulas care for mothers, babies, and families

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 achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

A birth doula…

Offers a mother and partner a calm, continuous presence for a more satisfying birth experience, providing:

  • physical support and help with non-medical pain relief
  • emotional support through labor
  • evidence-based information they need to make and advocate for their own decisions

Mothers who use a birth doula are…

  • less likely to have a cesarean or instrument-assisted birth
  • less likely to need Pitocin or pain medication
  • more likely to have shorter labor
  • more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively

A postpartum doula…

Provides in-home, non-clinical, non-judgmental support for families with newborns including:

  • postpartum recovery
  • breastfeeding support
  • helping parents & babies sleep
  • establishing routines & coping skills
  • light household organization, food prep, errands
  • sibling support
  • helping families adjust to life with twins
  • connecting families with evidence-based information & community resources
  • assisting with babywearing, cloth diaper education, baby care basics, & more

Postpartum doula support…

  • helps reduce postpartum mood disorders
  • improves breastfeeding success
  • improves skills and self-confidence

Antenatal doula support for those on bedrest…

Just when you want to set up that nursery, stock the freezer with meals for when baby comes, and wash all those sweet new baby clothes, you find yourself suddenly on bed rest or your doctor has limited your activity level. You may feel nervous about keeping the baby healthy, anxious about all there is to do, unable to keep up with your other little ones, and need someone who can step in to help. I can help get your household running smoothly again, get everything ready for baby, and let you get the support and rest you need.

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