What is a doula?
A doula is a trained companion who is not working in the role of a healthcare professional.
A doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth.
As a doula, I can ease your discomfort, support you and your partner in having a beautiful experience and promote communication between you and your medical team. I trust your ability to birth and respect your right to make whatever decisions you decide are best for your family.
Why would I need a doula?
People choose to hire a doula for different reasons.
Some women feel more comfortable having an experienced birth professional they can call throughout pregnancy for support.
Others choose to hire a doula because they are scared of the pain of childbirth, and they want someone there to help make it more manageable.
Some people like having someone to help guide them through the medical system that can be complicated.
Some women choose to hire a doula to make things easier for their partner so that they can focus on having a beautiful birth experience as a family.
Others choose to hire a sibling doula familiar with birth to help care for and guide other children in the home during labor and birth.
Still, others choose to have a doula because they lack family support and value the companionship of a familiar face during birth.
Some people hire a doula after a traumatic birth experience because they are determined to make the next birth a better experience.
Some people want a doula to support them during a planned c section. The doula could help them in the pre-op and post-op time and while initiating breastfeeding, which is more challenging after surgery.
Some people hire postpartum doulas to help them with their home, nutrition, and newborn care during the first few months of their baby’s life. In addition, postpartum support from family friends or a doula can help reduce postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and stress on mother and family.