Why have a doula?

woman in white tube dress
woman in white tube dress
You are worthy of dignity and respect.

Birth is a hugely transformative time in a person’s life and affects you not just physically but also emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. You deserve to know your options and be supported in the birth you desire. A doula can help ensure that you are seen, supported, and empowered at each step.

What is a doula?

A doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman before, continuously during, and shortly after childbirth. Unlike the other professionals involved in your birth experience, a doula’s sole focus and responsibility is on supporting you.

Benefits of a Doula

A doula can improve birth outcomes and help you have a more satisfying experience during childbirth.

Studies have shown the benefits of continuous support during labor to include:

  • 15% increased spontaneous vaginal birth/decreased instrumental vaginal birth and 39% decrease of risk of cesarean birth (1)

  • 10% decreased use of any analgesia (general or regional) and pain relief medication (1)

  • shorter duration of labor (1)

  • increased satisfaction with childbirth – 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied (1)

  • decreased birth complications for birthing person or baby (2)

  • 38% decrease in low five‐minute Apgar score (a quick way to evaluate the health of a newborn right after birth, with a higher score meaning a healthier baby) (1)

  • decreased low birth weight of baby (2)

  • higher rates of breastfeeding (2)

In addition, pregnancy and childbirth is a hugely transformative time in your life. It affects you not just physically but also emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. A doula can journey with and support you holistically during this time so that you might experience transformation, flourishing, and hope during this time.

AS A DOULA, I assess your personal needs and seek to resource you with education and support holistically – addressing your needs physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. I have extensive knowledge on the process of pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period and I seek to equip you with the tools you need to make informed decisions. I will support and encourage your decisions and goals, and help you advocate for yourself (as well as be your advocate when needed) throughout the birthing process. And I will provide care and support so you can experience health and flourishing during this time of transition.

What does a doula do?

Some of the ways I provide support and care for you include:

  • Holding space for you – listening well to you with compassion and empathy, understanding you and your desires and needs, and being with you during all stages of the process

  • Helping you slow down – helping you to be present with your own emotions and needs, taking time to ask questions, and maintaining a calm environment during all stages of pregnancy, labor, and birth

  • Developing strategies with you – to navigate your priorities, fears, concerns before, during and after birth

  • Comforting and coaching you during labor – helping you try different movements, providing comfort physically and emotionally, and guiding your partner (if available) to care for you as well

  • Providing education and connecting you to resources throughout your reproductive journey

  • Empowering you – to make your own decisions, to advocate for yourself (and being an advocate for you), to apply what you learned and decided during the (often) more stressful and unpredictable labor environment

  • Facilitating helpful communication – between you and your partner, your provider, medical staff, and other practitioners