A birth doula is a professional support person trained in the needs of the family during pregnancy and childbirth. The doula offers non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures. Doula originates from the Greek word meaning woman servant. A birth doula recognizes the profound impact of childbirth on the mother.
The birth doula does not provide medical care, clinical tasks such a cervical checks or fetal heart tones and does not speak on behalf of the client.
Encouraging the pregnant mom or her partner to ask questions and verbalize their preferences
Doulas are not medical professionals, and the following tasks are not performed by doulas:
There are many values to a doula during birth. I will be there to support you during your labor and delivery. Not only will I be there to support you, I will be a support for your support person as well. With me there to support you, your support person can focus on being there for you in other ways; however you need them in that moment. I will act as an advocate for you to make sure you have the best birth experience possible for yourself. I can help aid in communication between you and the hospital staff to make sure both parties are heard and both points of view are understood. I will be with you for a few prenatal and postpartum appointments too to make sure you are ready for labor and in case you need assistance or have any more questions after birth. During our meetings I will put together a birth plan that you will approve to help communicate your wants, desires, hopes, and fears with the hospital staff so they can respect your wishes to the best of their ability. I am here to support you and help you have the best birth experience possible.
The fourth trimester is the 12 weeks after giving birth and just as important for the mother's health as the other three trimesters. Postpartum care should be an ongoing process to make sure the mother's needs are taken care of during this time. The fourth trimester is a critical time to make sure the mom is moving forward and healthy. As a postpartum doula, I will be there to make sure the mom and growing family are getting the care they need.