Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.
-Barbara Kats Rothman, PhD
What is a Doula?
This is probably the most asked question we get. What is a doula? What does a doula do? Below is a detailed description of our role/job as well as a wonderful series of photos demonstrating the tenderness and intimacy that goes along with it. Hopefully these photos help portray why it is so important to choose a doula who you can be vulnerable with because our role is so much more than words can describe.
What is a Doula:
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who accompanies a mother in labor, providing emotional support, physical comfort, labor progression techniques and help to create a positive atmosphere. A doula can provide needed information enabling the client to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. This may include possible alternatives to standard or routine procedures. A doula works in harmony with the client’s husband/partner/coach, providing complete labor support in a team effort.
(may vary slightly between doulas, please see individual services pages)
1-2 Prenatal visit(s), preferably in your home, to discuss the parent’s desires and preparation for birth
Phone, text, and email support as needed from the time of the contract, throughout pregnancy and postpartum
Assistance in creating an individualized birth plan
Labor support at home and/or hospital as needed beginning with active labor
Emotional, physical and informational support during labor and birth
Immediate postpartum assistance and initial breastfeeding support (1-2 hours)
Video and/or photos using the client’s equipment, as circumstances allow
The written birth timeline to be given at postpartum visit
In-home postpartum visit 1- 4 weeks following the birth
We accompany women in labor to help ensure a satisfying birth experience. We draw on my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and the information you need to make informed decisions as situations arise in labor. We provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. We are independent and self-employed. We work for you, not your doctor, midwife or hospital.
We prefer to meet with you and your partner at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, and to plan how we might work best together. This meeting does not obligate you to use our services, but if you do select one of us, then we will need to meet again so that your doula may become familiar with your Birth Plan, including your preferences regarding pain management options and the use of pain medications. Your doula also wants to know your best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together and with your doula. We may also decide on other meetings and will remain in contact by telephone or email.
What a Doula does NOT do:
Perform clinical tasks such as measuring blood pressure, vaginal exams, or fetal heart rate monitoring.
Make decisions on behalf of the client.
Speak to staff for you regarding matters where decisions are being made.
Prices vary between each doula and are subject to change. Current price range of our doulas is $700-$1400.