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What do doulas do?
Provides emotional support
Uses comfort measures: breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning
Continuously reassures and comforts the mother
Helps a mother become informed about various birth choices
Advocates for the mother and helps facilitate positive communication between the mother and care provider
Looks after your partner as well, but their primary responsibility is to the mother
What a doula does NOT do:
Do not do anything medical (vaginal exams, heart rate, blood pressure, deliver the baby)
Can not give medical advise
Can not make medical desitions for you
Will respect whatever choices you make regardless of their preferences
Does not take over the role of husband/partner
Evidence of having continuous support
Research on having a doula:
When continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a:
•31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
•28% decrease in the risk of C-section
•12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
•9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
•14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
•34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
For more information on Evidence based birth see http://evidencebasedbirth.com
In this meeting we will discuss your preferences for birth, how your partner can help, and how to minimize pain in labor. I will also help you learn relaxation techniques and run through the different positions used for labor and birth.
Continuous Labor Support:
During early labor I would arrive at your home and use many different techniques to handle the different sensations you may be having. For example, massage, pressure techniques, utilizing the birth ball and rebozo, aromatherapy, and labor position changes.
In addition, can assist in helping you make the decision on when to move from home to hospital or birth center. Make sure you understand your choices and that they line up with your intention for your birth.
Assist with initial breastfeeding, if desired and remain with you 1-2 hours post partum for any additional support needed.
To discuss any feelings you have about how the birth went. If there were any negative feelings then helping to work through them.
Answer any questions about postpartum recovery, breastfeeding or newborn care.
Phone and Email Support:
Any time you have a pregnancy, birth or postpartum related question I am available by phone or email to you.
$650 total. $150 deposit is due at time of signing contract. The additional $500 is due by your 38th week of pregnancy. Payment plans and assistance are available.