What is a Birth Doula?
What Does a Doula Do?*
A doula is trained to give continuous, one-to-one support to women in labour. She provides non-medical physical and emotional care to the birthing mother, and may also lend a hand with communications between the mother, her family, and the hospital staff.
A doula’s expertise is in offering comfort and reassurance. Her presence helps a labouring woman feel safe and confident throughout labour, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period.
Help with comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing, massage, and positioning, means that the mother’s partner can play an active support role with more confidence, too.
A doula stays with a birthing woman continuously, no matter how long it takes and regardless of what pain medications are used, the type of delivery, or whether or not complications develop.
While nurses, doctors, and midwives change shifts and must come and go to attend other patients, a doula remains by the side of a labouring woman and her family until her baby is born.
A doula does not provide clinical care or assessments. Nor does she replace the mother’s partner, or other friends or family members she may choose to have present for the birth. In fact, the doula helps take care of them, too!
Studies have shown that having a doula positively impacts birth in of the follow ways ~
60% reduction in epidural requests
50% reduction in cesarean rates
40% reductions in oxytocin (pitocin) use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
30% reduction in pain medication use
My Birth Doula Service Fee Includes
I suggest that you interview 2 to 3 candidates to ensure you are matching your family up with the best person to serve your needs during this very important time. If I turn out to be your best-fit, I am committed to supporting your vision of this birth.
$$$ Tips: Like the idea of hiring a doula but think it’s too expensive?
BBC Birth Doula, CLEC, CBE
*Information provided by UCSD Hearts & Hands Volunteer Doula Program
Payment is currently accepted via Paypal, Cash, or Check. Deposits are due at contract signing or the prenatal visit after signing. The remaining balance is due four weeks prior to your estimated date of delivery (EDD). FEES PAID IN FULL are discounted by $15.00.