Common Questions

Answering Your Questions

What is a doula?

A doula is a trained non-medical professional who supports a birthing person before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas provide educational, emotional, and physical support such as pain management techniques, breastfeeding support, and basic newborn care.

What are the benefits of hiring a doula?

So many! Studies show that having a doula present at your birth leads to increased success with breastfeeding, decreased use of pain medication during labor, fewer negative birth experiences, and a lower rate of cesarean sections. My goal is to help you achieve your ideal birth, whatever that may be.

What is the difference between a birth and a postpartum doula?

A birth doula supports the birthing person and their partner before and during childbirth, with one additional visit postpartum. She is on call to answer any and all questions regarding prenatal care, and the birthing experience. A postpartum doula works with a family once the baby has been born, offering emotional, physical, and educational support related to the postpartum experience.

What kind of births does a doula attend? 

Any and all kinds! Whether you have a scheduled cesarean, or are planning a home birth, if you are looking for emotional, physical, and educational support, a doula is right for you.

Does a doula replace nursing staff or a partner?

No, a doula does not replace anyone in the birthing team. She has her own unique role, as everyone else does. Nurses have many different patients throughout their shifts, and unfortunately cannot be with a woman throughout her entire labor process. A doula does not replace a father or other birth partner either. Her role includes supporting the partner as well. This could be anything from education regarding comfort measures to taking over while he showers.

 

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