A doula is a non-medical birth professional trained to support moms, partners, and families. through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Doulas provide emotional, physical and educational support. Doulas advocate for women to know, have and exercise their right to make informed decisions about their care. We do not speak on a mother's behalf but offer backup support and confidence for mothers to speak.
No matter where you choose to birth, whether it be with a midwife, OB, or unassisted, having a doula is still valuable to your birth team. Doulas offer individualized and continuous support, unlike medical professionals. Having a doula on your team has been proven to lower risks of unnecessary birth interventions, lower risks of cesareans, and higher satisfaction outcomes. Additionally, black women are much more likely to die during childbirth, doulas advocate for clients and their care and assist in having better maternal health outcomes. So bottom line, yes you still need a doula.
Interviewing as early as possible is suggested. Most doulas only attend a certain number of births a month and hiring early can guarantee your spot with your chosen doula. If finances are an issues for your family, hiring early also gives you the maximum amount of time to make payments. It is also never too late to hire a doula, it is ideal to hire earlier on so that you get the full benefit of service but we are prepared to support you either way.
NO! As doulas, it is not our job to replace partners. In fact, we are there to support the whole family and can help your partner support you better by uncovering fears, offering reassurance, and helping them position themselves in the birth experience.
Yes! Doulas assist all birth types including cesareans. We are able to support you through the procedure by talking you the process, explain what is happening, listen and advocate for your concerns.
Additionally, if you were unaware, your doula can also offer you information and help you prepare regarding having a vaginal birth after cesarean.
Yes! Although doulas offer passive childbirth education, it is still wise to take a class for the full experience and knowledge.