Thank you for inquiring about our services as doulas. The following information will give you an idea of our philosophy about birth and what working with us will be like. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand.
We provide education and consultation throughout the childbearing season. We assist you by sharing our knowledge and understanding of natural birth and its normal variations, as well as identifying any interference to the process. We consider birth a normal and natural life event that holds its own wisdom. We do our best to support you as you move through this challenging transformation.
As Doulas, we will provide these services, but not limited to these on an individualized basis: regular visits from the time we first meet until 6 weeks postpartum; a visit with you with your care-provider; a home visit prenatally; postpartum visits in the home; close contact and availability as birth approaches and through the birth at home or in the hospital, with back-up as needed; hands-on support and access to many modalities for navigating labor, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum; referrals.
Benefits and Advantages
There are many benefits and advantages to hiring a doula as part of your birth team. Research tells us that women who have doula support experience:
50% decrease in cesarean section
25% decrease in the length of labor
30% decrease in the use of forceps or vacuum
40% decrease in the use of oxytocin/pitocin
60% decrease in the use of epidurals
30% decrease in the use of pain medications
In addition, long term benefits include: improved breastfeeding, decreased postpartum depression and greater maternal satisfaction.
Doulas and Dads or Partners
Our job as Doulas is not to take over the role as the main support for a laboring mother. We hope to enhance the relationship between a woman and her partner. Some couples worry that that the partner will be pushed out or wonder why do they need a doula if my partner has taken childbirth education classes. As Doulas, we can actually make the partner’s job easier, by making sure their needs are met; food, drinks, bathroom breaks, occasional back rubs, rest and the all important reassurance. Many fathers or partners have never been to or seen a birth, so having an experienced doula whom they know with them can give the partner more confidence to support the labor and experience the birth of their child and do what they do best…love the mother.
A few more thoughts on birth support
Support is unconditional. It is listening,not judging, not telling your own story.
Support is not offering advice. It is offering a tissue, a touch, a hug…caring.
We are here to help women and families discover what they are feeling, not make the feelings go away.
We are here to listen…not work miracles.
We are here to help families identify their options…not tell them what options to choose.
We are here to discuss the steps with families…not take the steps for them.
We are here to help women and families discover her own strength…not rescue her and leave her still vulnerable.
We are here to help women discover she can help herself…not take responsibility for her.
We are here to help a woman learn to choose…not to make it unnecessary for her to make difficult choices.
We are here to guide and strengthen the family where this baby comes from…not step in between that original union.