Frequently Asked Questions

Birth Doula

What is a Birth Doula?


The term comes from a Greek word meaning “to serve”. Birth doulas serve and support expectant parents and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of childbirth. Postpartum doulas serve and support after childbirth. Both birth and postpartum doulas can assist birthing parents and their families in getting information to make the very best health care decisions for themselves and their families.




Why hire a doula?


A doula’s role fits perfectly into the modern childbirth scheme where health care providers cannot be 100% present to care for a woman’s emotional and physical needs during childbirth. DONA International, a long respected doula membership and certifying organization, has outstanding information on the research studies conducted on the efficacy of doula care in childbirth. Those articles can be found here. These studies show that a doula’s presence has numerous positive health benefits for both mother and baby. National Partnership for Women and Families, a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation has excellent information on the value and benefits of continuous labor support here: www.nationalpartnership.org




What does a Doula do during labor?


We do what families need us to do within our scope. Things we might do during labor: – assist families with laboring at home before it’s time to head to the chosen place of birth
– suggest and assist with position changes
– work with partners to give continuous support and to give partners time for eating and resting
– reassure partners that their partner really is doing a great job (and that they are doing great too)
– massage, touch, and/or provide pressure
– acupressure
– brainstorm options
– rub a partner’s back a bit (labor support is hard work!)
– remind parents that this work is going to birth their baby
– use lights, smells, and music to make the room the sort of space desired/needed
– shut the doors if the staff hasn’t been diligent about it
– act as a “gofer”, so that parents have food, water, etc
– tell them again that they’re doing amazing - and whatever else you or your partner needs me to do




When do I hire a doula?


There is no wrong time. The earlier you hire your doula, the sooner you have access to the support given prenatally. We’ve been hired as late as “we’re in labor and realized we want support!” and as early as “we just saw our positive pregnancy test”. The earlier the better though.




Do you perform Placenta Encapsulation


At this time, i do not, but if you want this done, i can refer you to someone who does just the Placenta Encapsulation procedure.




Are Doulas Just for Home Births or Can They Come to a Hospital?


Doulas can attend both home and hospital births. They can also attend birth center births and C-Sections if wanted




Where do you serve and travel to?


I am willing to travel about 50 miles around Reedsburg. That includes Reedsburg, Baraboo, Sauk, Portage, Mauston, Adams Friendship, Richland Center, and Madison areas and more. Please contact me if you are outside these areas as well as I may be able to make it work for you.




What will I, as a doula not do


– Speak for a family
– Make decisions for a family
– Judge families for their decisions
– Alienate partners/family members
– Interact antagonistically with staff
– Be offended by anything a laboring person says or does
– Cervical checks
– Listen to heartrates
– Perform other medical procedures




What if you are sick or otherwise unavailable when I got into labor?


I will be on call for you 2 weeks before and shortly after your birth, but in the rare event that I am sick or at another birth, I will always have a backup doula identified to assist you that you will know of, there will be no surpirises and you will always have a doula.




What does the hiring process look like?


You can contact me to schedule a coffee/tea “date”. These are generally 30-60m, and allow me and the potential clients to get a sense of one another, and determine if we will be a good fit together. These meetings can be as laidback or as interview-like as a family would like to make them – it’s not necessary to prep for the meeting, it’s more your style and feelings towards me also, feel free to bring questions. From there, once you have made your decision as to who you want to work with, a contract will be signed, a deposit will be paid, and prenatals put on the calendar.




How soon can I call you after I hire you?


Thats totally up to you! You can call me anytime, day or night. I am happy to come meet you in your home if it's too early to go to the hospital, but you need some support, or I can meet you at the hospital. We will work together at all times to make sure you have the support you want and need





Virtual Doula

What will I, as a doula not do


– Speak for a family
– Make decisions for a family
– Judge families for their decisions
– Alienate partners/family members
– Interact antagonistically with staff
– Be offended by anything a laboring person says or does
– Cervical checks
– Listen to heartrates
– Perform other medical procedures




What does the hiring process look like?


You can contact me to schedule a coffee/tea “date”. These are generally 30-60m, and allow me and the potential clients to get a sense of one another, and determine if we will be a good fit together. These meetings can be as laidback or as interview-like as a family would like to make them – it’s not necessary to prep for the meeting, it’s more your style and feelings towards me also, feel free to bring questions. From there, once you have made your decision as to who you want to work with, a contract will be signed, a deposit will be paid, and prenatals put on the calendar.




What if you are sick or otherwise unavailable when I got into labor?


I will be on call for you 2 weeks before and shortly after your birth, but in the rare event that I am sick or at another birth, I will always have a backup doula identified to assist you that you will know of, there will be no surpirises and you will always have a doula.




How soon can I call you after I hire you?


Thats totally up to you! You can call me anytime, day or night. I am happy to come meet you in your home if it's too early to go to the hospital, but you need some support, or I can meet you at the hospital. We will work together at all times to make sure you have the support you want and need




Who should hire a Virtual Doula?


1. Families that want the least amount of people necessary at their birth 2. Those struggling with the cost of in person doula support 3. Families with no access to in person doula support 4. Families that have birthed before and don’t feel they need the in person support this time 5. Families planning a cesarean birth who need extra support leading up to the birth




Why hire a doula?


A doula’s role fits perfectly into the modern childbirth scheme where health care providers cannot be 100% present to care for a woman’s emotional and physical needs during childbirth. DONA International, a long respected doula membership and certifying organization, has outstanding information on the research studies conducted on the efficacy of doula care in childbirth. Those articles can be found here. These studies show that a doula’s presence has numerous positive health benefits for both mother and baby. National Partnership for Women and Families, a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation has excellent information on the value and benefits of continuous labor support here: www.nationalpartnership.org




What does a Vitrual Doula do during labor?


We do what families need us to do within our scope. Things we might do during labor: – suggest and assist with position changes
– reassure partners that their partner really is doing a great job (and that they are doing great too)
– brainstorm options
– remind parents that this work is going to birth their baby
– tell them again that they’re doing amazing - and whatever else you or your partner needs me to do





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 Tracie Brecka

Birth Doula

Tel: 608-697-2066

Reedsburg, WI