What is a Birth Doula?
As a Birth Doula, I draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after childbirth. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, soothing touch, positioning and other techniques for comfort. I can also help in communicating with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital. I practice in accordance with the DONA Standards of Practice and the DONA Code of Ethics. Both documents are available online at https://www.dona.org/
When you are in Labor
~stay by the side of the laboring mother throughout the entire labor, no matter how long
~provide emotional support and guidance, and physical comfort measures
~facilitate communication between the mother in labor, her partner, and the clinical care providers
~remain with the mother and baby for 1 – 2 hours after birth - until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together
~help the mother and baby to initiate breastfeeding, if desired, during the first hour or two after the birth
~provide a minimum of two and a maximum of five 1-hour postpartum visits to the mother and newborn during the first 14 days after the birth
~available by phone to answer questions about the birth or your baby during the first 14 days after birth
As a doula I do NOT:
~preform clinical tasks, such as: blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams
~make decisions for you
~speak to the staff on your behalf
Basic Birth Doula Plan $1000
These services include:
~at least two 1-hour prenatal meetings
~being on call for the mother 14 days prior to the due date and up to 14 days after the due date
~ staying by the side of the laboring mother from the time that the client calls in her doula until at least one hour after the birth
~ a minimum of 2 and a maximum of five 1-hour postpartum visits to the mother and newborn during the first 14 days after the birth.
Sibling Care Plan $500
These services include:
~at least two 1-hour prenatal meetings with the family to become acquainted
~helping to take care of siblings and getting them involved in the birth, if that is desired.