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.

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What is a Doula:

A doula is a person experienced in childbirth who accompanies the birth person 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.

Services Provided: 

(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 nursing 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 pregnant clients in labor to help ensure a satisfying birth experience. We draw on our 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 anyone else you may have present with you, 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.

 

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-$1500.  

 

 

We support clients who choose all options, including:

Medication Free Natural Birth, Vaginal birth with medication, Planned Cesarean Section, The Bradley MethodLamaze, Hypo-birth, VBAC, Induction, Twins, Hospital Birth, Homebirth, and High-Risk Birth.

 

Our Atlanta doulas serve Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson, Douglas, Dekalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding counties in the Atlanta, GA area.

We attend births at the following locations: Atlanta Birth Center, Atlanta Medical Center, Cartersville Medical Center, Emory Decatur, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory John's Creek, Gwinnett Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Kennestone Hospital, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Northside Hospital Atlanta, Northside Hospital Cherokee, Northside Hospital Duluth, Northside Hospital Forsyth, Piedmont Hosptial, Piedmont Newton Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital 

 

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Please note that each doula works for herself and herself only, and is not an employee of Atlanta Birth Doula. We strive to retain only the best doulas on our website, but we are not responsible or liable for their work in any way. If you have a complaint against any of the doulas listed herein, please let us know so we can reevaluate our relationship.