What is a Doula?
A doula is a source of physical, emotional, educational support from the start of your pregnancy journey through the early motherhood phase. Whether you've been dreaming of a home birth or you are welcoming your baby into the world at the hospital, whether this is your first child or your tenth, you want to look back at your birth experience and feel empowered. Having a doula on your journey will ensure that you feel nurtured and your needs are heard and validated from pregnancy through postpartum.
Doula vs. Midwife
If you are considered low risk you may be seeing a Midwife instead of a OBGYN. Midwives are medical professionals that take your medical history, provide medical advice, can diagnose medical conditions, suggest treatment plans and assist you in delivering your bundle of joy. Some midwives provide a very hands on experience if time allows, but for the most part their primary job is to provide medical assistance throughout your pregnancy and birth.
Doulas are more so your pregnancy and labor bestie. We provide judgement-free, unconditional support throughout your pregnancy journey so that you never feel alone. We deliver evidence-based information to allow you and your partner to know your options and more easily make the best decision for you and your family that align with your birth preferences. We ensure that you and your partner's needs are met and help you to have the best birth experience possible.
Doulas & your partner
Many may think, won't my partner feel left out of the experience? Creating a cohesive team is key! Believe it or not, there's quite a bit of pressure on the partner- whether it's continuously updating the family, taking photos, supporting the birthing person, knowing all the answers to questions that may come up that you may or may not have learned in your birthing class months ago that is hard to recall in the moment all while not having a moment to themselves to get a cup of coffee or escape to the bathroom. Having a doula can help complement your partner's care for you, give some tips and tricks to help them along the way if they would like all while nurturing and fulfilling their needs as well as yours. Your partner have the space to be as hands on (or hands off) as they would like.
is having a doula just a fad?
I always say- trust the numbers. The research shows that with a doula present at your birth there is typically less need for medical intervention, labor can be shorter and overall there are typically less complications.