Frequently Asked Questions + Resources

 
 
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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.

Doulas have been proven to lower the rates of cesarean births, postpartum depression, and medical interventions. See for yourself:

Dona.org, Cochrane Library, Evidence Based Birth

I’ve hired a midwife, do i need a doula too?

Yes! A doula and a midwife offer different types of services, even though both support the childbirth experience. Midwives have medical training and during the birth process, focus on delivering a healthy baby. Doulas, on the other hand, focus on the needs of the mother, offering mental, physical, and emotional support.

will a doula replace my partner in the birthing room?

Not at all! A doula is helpful to both parents, particularly during intense situations. With our training and experience, doulas understand the normal distress and anxiety that can come with birth, and we’ll walk you through it all. It often takes two people to help the laboring parent cope with contractions and transition. Many partners find it comforting that their loved one will not be left alone should they need to step away for a meal, a call or to be with the baby or older children. Together we’ll make a great birth team!

Read more about dads & doulas

a family member is staying with us for awhile after the baby comes, do i still need a postpartum doula?

Doulas can never replace the love of family! Typically, postpartum doulas visit for 4-5 hours a day, a few days a week. This is a great time for visiting family members to take a break for themselves (without feeling guilty!) or spend time with the doula learning new ways to best help mom and baby. Plus, doulas provide nonjudgemental support and up-to-date, evidence-based information about the care of your newborn, something we don’t always get from well-meaning family members.

are doulas useful in adoptions?

Absolutely! Doulas are indispensable in both the birthmother’s labor and birth as well as the adopting parents first few weeks getting to know their little one. Whatever your situation, a doula can offer guidance and assistance.

Can I purchase your services as a gift?

Yes! You’ll be the very best gift giver! Send me an email and we’ll make it happen.

Want to learn more about labor, birth and women’s health?

So many things led me to pursue the doula life! Here are some of the things that really made an impact on me:

The Business of Being Born. This movie was on Netflix a few years back. Like many women, I watched it and was horrified. But it helped me understand how our maternal healthcare has gotten to where it is now. It also led me to learn about Ina May Gaskin and The Farm.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Everyone with a uterus should read this excellent book! I could go on and on about the impact this made on me. Read it if you’d like to get to know your incredible body, actually understand what happens during your menstrual cycle, and learn the best time to (or not to!) get pregnant.

Books I recommend to expecting families: The Birth Partner, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth