What is a Doula?
The word doula means “A woman who serves.”
Today a doula is a trained birth professional who walks with you through your pregnancy, labor and postpartum. I use the formal training that I have received, and the experience I have gained from attending many births to coach you through all of the unknowns of Childbirth. Hiring a doula can help ease the fear and anxiety surrounding the anticipation of birth. Hiring a doula provides you with someone who is there for just you and your partner.
What about my Spouse/Birth Partner?
A doula does not take the place of your partner. I am their extra set of hands, their guide if they feel stressed out or unsure how to help you. I am the calming presence reassuring you and your partner that the progress is normal and wonderful. I allow them the breaks that they need, and so much more. Your partner knows you intimately, and I know birth intimately. Together we are a team. Together we can do great things.
Does having a doula really make a difference?
The short answer? YES! Studies show that women who hire a doula are:
- up to 50% less likely to have a cesarean section
- 40% less likely to use Piton to augment labor
- 30% less likely to use pain medication
will have a decrease in length of labor by 25%
- less likely to need vacuum/forceps delivery
- less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
- more satisfied with their birth
Are you a mamma-to-be? Do you want to talk about having a doula at your birth? Drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you.