What is a Doula?
We are frequently approached by women who say “... told me I need a doula! What is a doula?!?”
A birth doula, also known as a birth companion, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her partner and family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
According to DONA International,
“A Birth Doula
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level”
We are passionate about supporting women during pregnancy and childbirth. We strive to support the unique birth experience that each mother desires. We strive to give the best care and support that every woman deserves. We are equipped to support labor and birth if it doesn't go as planned.
We quite agree with Dr. Kennell when he said; “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” ~ John H. Kennell, MD
If you are interested in our Doula Services, click here!