Q: What is a doula?
A: A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical companion who supports a birthing person by providing continuous care before, during, or after childbirth in the form of information, physical support, and emotional support.
Q: What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
A: A midwife, much like an OBGYN, provides medical care for a woman throughout her pregnancy and during labor. In contrast, doulas do not provide medical care. Doulas offer information and emotional help and assist the mother to navigate through the many choices and options she has throughout the process.
Q: My significant human wants to be involved. Do doulas take the place of a partner?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Your partner’s presence, touch, voice, heart, cannot be duplicated.
We are here to support you BOTH.
Q: Do doulas only do home or "natural" births?
A: I enjoy supporting and advocating for YOU and your family. If your planning an unmedicated birth, a medicated birth, water birth, VBAC, scheduled C-section, I’m here for YOU.
Q: Why hire a doula?
A: A birth doulas is a trained, professional who provides continuous emotional, physical, spiritual, and informational support before, during, and immediately following childbirth to both parents. Studies have shown that women who have doula support during labor and birth have more satisfying birth experiences. Labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
It is also extremely supportive to have an extra pair of hands to rub your lower back, help you to the bathroom, or field family phone calls. A doula can also support your partner, so you can go more fully into Labor Land.