labor doula support

Doula (noun) - a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible (from Dona International).

As a doula my role is to support you throughout your pregnancy.

 

I am a trained and certified professional who is here to provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to you and your partner/support. 

I will not take the place of your partner/support person, but rather guide and empower them to support you as much as they are comfortable to.

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what's included

  • a free initial zoom or in person consult

  • one comprehensive prenatal visit

  • available for 24/7 support from the moment hired via call and text

  • birth plan creation

  • continuous active labor support - at home, at a birth center, in hospital, ect.

  • cesarean birth support

  • postpartum support including the initiation of breastfeeding (if that's what you desire!)

  • one postpartum visit - I come to you in your home

  • access to my private facebook group to build community and support throughout your journey into motherhood and after

  • comprehensive pregnancy guides specific to each trimester created by me

  • opportunity to share your birth story on my podcast

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According to a Cochrane Study

"Continuous support during labour may improve outcomes for women and infants, including increased spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter duration of labour, and decreased caesarean birth, instrumental vaginal birth, use of any analgesia, use of regional analgesia, low five-minute Apgar score and negative feelings about childbirth experiences."

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"Labor support also increases satisfaction and the chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth. Continuous support may also shorten labor and decrease the use of Pitocin. Although continuous support can also be offered by birth partners, midwives, nurses, or even some physicians, research has shown that with some outcomes, doulas have a stronger effect than other types of support persons. As such, doulas should be viewed by both parents and providers as a valuable, evidence-based member of the birth care team."

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According to NCBI Research

"The results show that expectant mothers matched with a doula had better birth outcomes than did mothers who gave birth without involvement of a doula. Doula-assisted mothers were four times less likely to have a LBW baby, two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding."

WHAT THE EVIDENCE SAYS