What is a Doula? A doula is a professional labor and birth support person. Coming from the Greek word, “a woman who serves” or “handmaiden”, she is trained in comfort measures for the laboring Mother, and knows the signs of normal birth progression. Studies have shown that when a doula is present at a birth, the chances of interventions, including cesarean birth, are greatly reduced. Before birth, doulas will take time to educate and inform the prospective parents. During birth, the doula is an advocate for birth. While she will not speak for the family to the medical staff, she will ensure the parents have the necessary information to make educated decisions.
Why do I need a doula if my partner will be with me? Fathers need support too. Often in birth, Fathers forget things they have learned in childbirth classes. The doula can help him remember things he wanted to do to give Mom comfort. Doulas can also give him relief and support during labor. During postpartum, the doula can help both the parents gain confidence in their parenting skills.
What are the benefits of having a doula? Various studies have shown that having a birth doula reduces the cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40%, and requests for epidurals by 60%. Studies have also suggested the use of a doula showed a major reduction in labor length due to less stress for the laboring woman. Having a postpartum doula also will increase breastfeeding success and lower the chances of postpartum mood disorders.
Do you only attend home births? Absolutely not. All laboring women need doulas, not just those who stay home. We go where our clients choose to give birth; hospital, birth center, or home.
Do you accept insurance? We do not accept insurance, but can run your FSA/HSA card.
Do you accept credit cards? Yes
I really can’t afford a doula. What do you suggest? People always want to do things for the new parents. Ask for money to help pay for your birth and/or postpartum doula. This is a gift that will make a real impact on your physical and mental health. We can even help set up a PayPal fund for your doula care for donations.
Why should we hire a partnership vs. private doula vs. a collective? Birth is a very personal and vulnerable time. As a doula partnership, we are able to really get to know our clients and ensure they will have consistent and continuous care from doulas they know and trust. When hiring a private doula, you may or may not have an opportunity to meet their back up doula; this can be problematic if the doula you hired is not available when your labor begins. With a collective, you may get to know all the doulas, but still won’t know who will attend your birth; thus causing some anxiety on the part of the laboring person.
We know we are better doulas when we know our clients. We take time to get to know both of you on an individual basis. In our partnership, you will know who is going to be at your birth and know that you will never get a tired doula. We are in constant communication during births so you not only have the knowledge and skills of the doula with you, but also the collective knowledge and skills of both.