The word doula (doo-lah) comes from the ancient Greek meaning "servant" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the 4th trimester.
Regardless of the type of birth you are planning – medicated birth, unmedicated birth, surgical birth, vaginal birth after cesarean, waterbirth, hospital, home, or birth center birth – a doula is an invaluable, resourceful presence to have at your side, providing continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to you and your birth support team before, during, and after childbirth.
Support During Your Journey
Available from when you hire me and sign the contract until a few weeks after the birth of your baby. I am here to help and support you with as much information you want/need to make a decision that is best for you. No question is a dumb question.
1-2 Prenatal Visits at 30 to 33 weeks
at our first visit, we will develop a birth plan to establish your preferences in various scenarios; discuss the difference between my role and your partner’s in supporting you
One or two visits based on your needs and where at in pregnancy you hire me. These visits can last up to 2 hours.
Support anytime & anywhere, I work with midwives & have vast knowledge, non-medical about pregnancy, I will be able to assist you with most non-medical questions you may have that come up during your journey.
Just Before Your Birth
I will be on call for you from 38 weeks until your baby is born. You and your partner will have continuous support from me during your labor. will be with you for 1-2 hours immediately postpartum. This is to help with breastfeeding/bottle feeding support and other needs you have at this time.
I will take 10-15 Birth Photos unedited
I will work with local doulas that have similar training as me and try to make sure you have a backup doula in the case of some unforeseen circumstance I would be unable to attend your birth.
During Your Birth
I am here for you during your birth, I will be there as soon as you let me know that you are heading to the Hospital or If you are doing a home birth, I will be there when you want me to.
There are many non-medical tips & techniques that Doulas are trained in that provide comfort and relief during this time
I have Young Living Oils to infuse if you so choose, this could be discussed with your birth plan
HypoBaby trained, again can discuss with your birth plan
Not here to make your decisions but to facilitate your wishes and needs
Here to take care of you and your significant other and family members
After Your Birth
Postpartum follow-up visit
We will meet one time in the days-weeks following your birth. We discuss your birth and I am there with you for whatever you need for 1-2 hours, whether that is just so you can take a break, breastfeeding support, support with household things, help with your other children (pets).
We will discuss this during the Prenatal visits what works best for you. We will not schedule this until after your birth so it is at a convenient time for you.
I will not....
Perform any clinical tasks
Such as a blood pressure checks, vaginal exams, fetal heart checks, etc. I am there to provide physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
Make decisions for you
I will help you get information so you can make an informed decision that is best for you. I will also remind you if you depart from your Birth Plan.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will not speak to staff on your behalf especially where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and your partner and discuss options. But you or your partner will speak to clinical staff on your behalf.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
You are the decision maker, I am there to help support you and make sure you have plenty of information to make sure you make a decision that is best for you. My beliefs are my own and not to be put onto you for your birth.