what is a doula?

 

A doula is 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 (according to DONA).

Research shows that birth doulas improve outcomes for families, and that is certainly our main goal! This is YOUR family's story, and we are here, behind the scenes, to help it go as smoothly as possible. 


will a doula take the place of my partner in labor?

Absolutely not! We are passionate about the role of partners in birth, and we do not diminish their importance in this process. In addition to supporting the laboring woman, the role of a doula is to empower her partner. The doula works alongside the partner to provide physical and emotional care to the entire family. A doula can be a great asset to the partner, allowing the couple to focus on each other during the labor and delivery. 


Are doulas only for unmedicated, vaginal births?

No! This is a common misconception. Doulas provide labor support, no matter what kind of birth experience you have, and your doula will not leave your side, no matter what happens in your birth story. Doulas are trained in assisting with epidural/medicated labor, cesarean births, and VBAC, as well as vaginal and unmedicated births.  They are also able to help empower you to advocate for your personal desires and needs throughout the process. 


do i have to have postpartum depression to utilize counseling/coaching services?

The short answer: no. (But you can!) Our goal is to assist women, partners, and families through the transitions of pregnancy, labor, and early parenthood. If that includes postpartum depression (which can affect 10% of women), we can certainly help address that in our services. If your postpartum needs are more about transitioning back to work or figuring out sleep and feeding schedules or babywearing, we can assist with that, too. In this arena, we will utilize a combined method of coaching and counseling to address your individual needs.