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What is a doula?

A birth Doula – a Greek word meaning someone who serves. In labor support terminology, doula refers to a specially trained birth companion (not a friend or loved one) who provides labor support, emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. The doula provides reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, makes suggestions for labor progression, helps with relaxation, soothing, positioning and inner techniques.

As your doula, I am working for you, not your  caregiver or hospital. A doula is not a medical provider. Your midwife/OB are the ones focused on your health and your babies, while a doula is focused on you and ensuring you the positive birth experience for you and your partner. 

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Benefits of Doula Care

• 28% less likely to have a cesarean section

• 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor

• 9% less likely to use any pain medication

• 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

***Facts from: Position Paper: The Birth Doula’s Role in Perinatal Care ***

The importance of a doula is to have someone who knows birth well, while your partner is your main support because they know you best. A doula is not only there for you, but for your partner. Whether it is to give them a moment of rest, sleep, have them refuel their energy to be the best support to the birthing mother, or other needed support. 

As your doula, I will offer you continuous support throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. 

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