WHAT IS A DOULA?

Doula is ancient Greek for

"a woman who serves".

Benefits of a Birth Doula

Clinical studies show that the support of a doula results in:

  • Reduced use of pain medications

  • Reduced chance of a c-section by 30 %

  • Decrease in the length of labor

  • Reduce the need for medical interventions or augmentations

  • Higher breastfeeding rates

  • Higher satisfaction with birth experience

  • Reduced rates of postpartum depression/anxiety

 

Doulas can:

  • Educate you on childbirth, body preparation, community resources, as well as your options and rights at your birth setting

  • Assist you with completing a birth plan to best communicate your preferences to providers

  • Suggest different positions & techniques to ease pain and encourage labor progression

  • Offer encouragement and affirmations

  • Help you understand what is happening in your body

  • Gather information you need to make informed decisions

  • Facilitate positive & effective communication between you and your care providers

Benefits of a Postpartum Doula

Clinical studies show that the support of a doula results in:

  • Higher rates of breastfeeding success

  • Reduced rates of postpartum depression/anxiety

  • Less stressful transition into new roles for family members

  • Positively impact a mother's physical recovery from birth

 

Doulas can provide:

  • Breast/bottle feeding support

  • Soothing/sleep techniques

  • Newborn care guidance & education

  • Selfcare (i.e. sleep, showering, quiet time alone or with baby, etc.)

  • Light household work/organization

  • Meal preparation

  • Screening & support for perinatal mood & anxiety disorders

  • Assistance with errands/appointments

  • Community resource referrals

  • Older sibling support & transitions

  • Baby-wearing education

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As doulas, we serve individuals during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. We provide individuals and their support system with gentle, continuous, and judgment-free physical, emotional and educational support. Our goal is for every client to be informed, prepared and confident in their body and birth... as well as prepared and supported in their postpartum period. 

Support. Nurture. Educate.

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Photo by Annica Quackenbush from Sprout & Blossom Birth