What does a birth doula do?
Doulas provide physical, emotional, and informational support throughout your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period.
Prenatal visits, usually in your home. We can meet as many times as is appropriate for your situation, generally between 2 and 4 times.
Unlimited access to your doula via email, phone and text. We are there to answer the little day-to-day questions, help you research issues that might come up, and just lend an ear.
Support at other key times in your pregnancy – doctor’s visits, ultrasounds, non-stress tests, any time you might need extra people on your side
Access to our lending library, along with book recommendations that fit your individual pregnancy
Helping you to write a birth plan or birth preferences
Guidance in preparing for baby’s arrival and postpartum planning
On-call availability 24/7 from 38 weeks to baby’s arrival
Private or group childbirth education Classes are also available, with a variety of classes to fit your needs and schedule.
Continuous support from the onset of labor. We usually like to meet you at home before you go to the hospital (if that is where you have chosen to birth), and accompany you from the time you feel you need support.
Comfort measures as discussed during prenatal visits (such as comforting touch, relaxation techniques, etc.)
Partnering with your partner (if applicable) to help them be as much a part of the birth as the two of you choose. This can be such an amazing bonding experience for a couple, but it does not always come naturally!
Guarding your birth space – helping you to maintain an atmosphere that is most conducive to a stress-free birth
Immediate postpartum support
Assistance with initial breastfeeding
One to three postpartum visits to discuss your birth, help with breastfeeding, babywearing, and any concerns you might have.
On-call support while establishing the initial breastfeeding relationship (who else can you call at 2 a.m. when you have tried everything?)
A written account of your birth story (through the eyes of your doula)
Referrals to community resources
If you are interested in additional postpartum services, click here for some options.