WHAT IS A DOULA?
The word doula literally translates to "women's servant" in Greek. Women have been serving other women in childbirth for centuries and there is good reason for it. Countless studies have shown the benefits doula care has on both mothers and babies. DONA International defines a doula as "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible".
WHAT ABOUT THE FATHER'S ROLE IN BIRTH?
I NEVER want to replace your husband's or partner's role in your birth. I work alongside your partner and I encourage and support fathers/partners to be as involved as they feel comfortable. Fathers/partners are extremely important during birth and can provide things a doula can't. Fathers have the love and connection to the mother while Doulas have the training, education, and experience. I can help fathers/partners by showing them comfort techniques to do and I can step in whenever he needs a break. My role as a doula allows fathers to be as involved as they are comfortable while also taking away any added pressure to be the sole support person.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OR PAYMENT PLANS?
A payment plan can be discussed at the time of hire. Typically, full payment is due by the postpartum visit. However, I do offer a discounted doula package for families who are on state assistance or WIC services. Please call or email for more information on this.
WHAT IF I NEED A CESAREAN?
If your give birth by cesarean, I can possibly accompany you to the OR (only available in select hospitals if scheduled in advance). I can also join you in recovery where I will provide encouragement, create a birth timeline, and assist with breastfeeding. Of course, all prenatal and postpartum services would remain the same.
DO YOU ATTEND HOSPITAL BIRTHS? HOME BIRTHS? MEDICATED BIRTHS? UNMEDICATED BIRTHS?
YES, YES, and YES! I serve women wherever and however they decide to give birth as long as they are under the care of a trusted midwife or OB.