Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
Will a doula replace my birth partner?
NO! A doula is there to help educate and support both mother-to-be and her birth partner. A doula is there for your partner as much as she's there for the mother-to-be. A birth partner can rest assure that the laboring mother will not be left alone if he or she needs to leave the room for any reason.
Why should I hire a doula?
Recent studies show remarkable effects during births when women utilize a doula.
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
28% decrease in the risk of C-section
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
How can a doula affect my birth?
Having a doula present can result in shorter labors, fewer complications, reduced negative feelings about the birthi process, reduced need for medical intervention (pitocin, forceps, epidurals, etc)
Do doulas only attend home births?
Nope! Doulas are usually available to serve at home births, hospital births, and birthing center births.
When will my doula join me during labor?
Usually the best time for a doula to join you is when you are in active labor. During active labor your doula can provide comfort measures, emotional and physical support, and assistance understanding your options. Waiting until active labor to have your doula join you also gives you quality private time with your birth partner as well as provides time for you to rest, eat, and energize.
Do I have to have a natural child birth to enjoy the benefits of a doula?
No! As a doula I am there to help you achieve the birth you desire. My goal is to empower you to find your voice, speak your mind, and be your own advocate. Whether it is a natural homebirth or a scheduled cesarean section, you deserve a doula.
Do doulas perform any clinical services such as dilation checks or fetal monitoring?
No, a doula is not medically trained and does not perform clinical tasks. A doula is there strictly for support including physical, emotional, and educational.