Doulas are an investment. As with any investment, it's good to know what you are paying for. What do you get when you hire a doula?

Doulas work for you, the parent.

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Wisdom

Your doula is the expert on all things birth, while your partner is the expert on you! Together, we make for a real solid support system. 

Advocacy

Our birthing culture lacks transparency and parents often desire someone to bridge that gap.

I will not speak for you, rather I will teach you to speak for yourself.

Doulas support the birthing person in their right to make decisions about their own body and baby.

Confidence

We meet you where you are. We strive to understand where you’ve been and the unique path you are on. This level of empathy will provide you with confidence. Confidence in your body and in birth.

Physical Support

Double hip squeeze, rebozo, TENS unit, acupressure points, counterpressure, The Miles Circuit, and divine timing.

I bring the tools, the timing, and the tricks, and if I’ve done my job well, your partner stands out as the best labor support you had!

A Great Start

Your parenting journey begins with birth. 

Unbiased Support

The number on thing you are paying for when you hire a doula is continuous support. Judgement free, agenda free, support. And your doula works for YOU, not the hospital, not the insurance company, your doula is there for you!

Relational Support

Your doula takes the time to get to know you and your goals for birth. Relational support is a pillar of doula care. My goal is for your to feel valued, listened to, and respected.

Pain Management

Studies show, you are less likely to need pain medication when you have the support of a doula!

Information

Don’t rely on Dr. Google. Your doula provides the guidance you need through pregnancy and birth.

I am your go-to for the basic pregnancy related questions and birth fears that you don’t want to take to your doctor.

Emotional Support

The empathy from your doula creates opportunity for a more positive birth experience as it fuels the connection with your partner and your confidence to navigate birth together.

Holding Space

I’ll be honest, I almost left this one out. It’s not well understood outside of the birth world, but I have no other words. 

This is the energy – the assurance, peace, compassion, and acceptance your doula brings to the birth room. The calm presence that creates a more intimate environment for you and your partner.

The Evidence On Doulas

In 2017, Bohren et al. published an updated Cochrane review on the use of continuous support for women during childbirth. They combined the results of 26 trials that included more than 15,000 people.

Overall, people who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth. There is a smaller amount of evidence that doula support in labor can lower postpartum depression in mothers. 

That means, if a birthing person has continuous labor support, both mothers and babies are statistically more likely to have better outcomes!

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