Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a doula?
The best results occurred when a birthing person had continuous labor support from a doula – someone who was NOT a staff member at the hospital and was NOT part of their social network. Researchers found that overall, people who have continuous support during childbirth experience:
39% decrease in the risk of cesarean
15% increase in likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in use of any medication for pain relief
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
What if I want an epidural? Can you still support me?
Having an epidural may change the type of support I give you, but it neither slows nor stops my support. Women with epidurals still may need frequent position changes, emotional support and advocacy. However you decide to birth your baby or however labor unfolds - I will be there to support you and make sure you are part of every decision that is made.
Do you perform any physical examinations?
As a doula I am not a medical professional. I am solely there for your mental, emotional and physical support system. I do not check blood pressure, cervical exams, or any medical assessment for you or baby. If you have any medical concerns contact your provider first.
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
As your doula we will have at least two prenatal meetings before labor. During these meetings it's important to discuss between us, but also with your partner, what type of physical support options you would like to explore. Some of the best ways to keep labor moving smoothly is to keep that "love hormone" flowing. There is no better way to do that then by being held and supported by the one you love the most. Practicing these options with me ahead of time will help your partner feel ready and prepared for when labor begins. I'm there to facilitate and support in the process that you two have already set in motion - to meet your new baby!
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