According to Merriam-Webster: a doula is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as their spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.
Rather than trying to say all of that, we just say that your doula is an educated support person. She is simply there for YOU and your partner.
While your OB takes care of your health during pregnancy, and an on-call OB takes care of your body and baby during L&D, your birth partner provides you with unconditional love and emotional support, your doula addresses only you and your needs in an objective and supportive way. Or we can focus solely your birth partner, and make sure they have the support they need to be there for you!
We provide our clients with educational information, clarify all of the options they might not know they have, and help give them the best chance of letting them both have the meaningful birth experience that they are hoping for, and one that they will cherish forever.
What a doula really does (and does not do!)
Our Doulas do:
*attend an OB appointment with our clients if requested
*review all information given to our clients by their provider and help clarify anything they may have questions about
*help our clients understand all of the options they will have at the hospital and help them decide what their ideal birth would look like
*offer books and resources or referrals for any additional support our clients may feel they need
*Answer every question our clients have during pregnancy and offer solutions when needed
*Get to know the birth partner to ensure we know what type of support they prefer while attending the birth
*Provide a myriad of comfort measures during labor such as: affirmations, massage, position changes, use of a birth ball/peanut ball, visualization, meditation, and relief for the birth partner
Our Doulas do NOT:
*have an opinion about “the right way” to deliver a baby. Rather, we support everything from home births to hospital births, scheduled C-sections to natural childbirth, to inductions and epidurals. We just make sure our clients have all of the information they request. And we are there to support them in their decisions.
*offer any medical advice
*attend unassisted births (a birth without a doctor or midwife present)
*provide any medical services (such as cervical checks, perennial massage, etc)
*contradict anything a doctor, midwife, and hospital staff recommends
*make any decisions about you or your baby or encourage you to “change your mind.”
*interfere with or take the place of your birth partner.