- A doula is woman trained and experienced in childbirth. A doula provides physical, emotional and informational support to the expectant mother and her partner during labor, delivery and in the postpartum period. I also help establish breastfeeding in the early hours.
Studies prove that having a doula present at birth, a woman’s labors are shorter, they have fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans and healthier babies. Evidence also suggests that women are more satisfied with their birth experience when a doula is present and fathers stay more involved with their partner and baby.
Research indicates that having a doula can:
•Decrease in C-sections rates by 50%
•Decrease in labor length by 25%
•Decrease in pitocin use by 40%
•Decrease in requests for pain meds by 30%
•Decrease in forcepts use by 40%
•Decrease in use of epidurals by 60%
As your doula, I will accompany you to your 36 week OB appointment (if delivering in hospital) and be present when you are having regular contractions every 5 minutes and lasting 1 minute. I will meet you at your home and we can go to the hospital together if you would like.
If I am also your monitrice I will already be in your home and ready to head to the hospital with you.