- At least two prenatal visits to discuss comfort measures, answer any questions and alleviate any concerns.
- Assisting you in the design of your birth plan for an easier, more fluid birthing experience.
- Helping you to have the most satisfying birth possible as you define it.
- Breastfeeding preparation, information and support.
- Training in visualization and relaxation techniques.
- Suggestions for a more comfortable pregnancy and birth.
- Alternative relief measures for morning sickness, heartburn, and other discomforts during pregnancy.
- Providing educational materials and referrals.
- Telephone support and advice throughout pregnancy and immediate postpartum
Labor and Birth
- Going on call two weeks prior to due date.
- Counseling you in asking the right questions so that you can make informed decisions about the care of you and your baby.
- Massage and other alternative pain relief measures during labor.
- Continuous, uninterrupted support throughout labor and birth and immediate postpartum.
- Labor and birth positioning suggestions for comfort and labor progress (including use of the birth ball).
- Providing an environment such that the partner is able to focus on the birth experience and can direct their attention to loving and supporting the laboring mother.
- Assisting the partner and family members as needed.
- All methods of childbirth techniques including Lamaze,Bradley, and Hypnobirthing.
- Guaranteed backup doulas.
- Next day follow up visit.
- Additional Wellness visit two weeks after the birth.
- Postpartum support via phone up to 6 weeks after birth.
The Birth Doula…
- Recognizes childbirth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
- Understands and trusts the process of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
- Is experienced and trained in providing labor support.
- Provides emotional support and physical comfort measures to birthing women and families from early labor until after childbirth.
- Acts as a liaison between the laboring couple and the medical staff to facilitate communication and help the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.
- Supports the informed choices of her clients.
- Inspires confidence in a woman’s ability to give birth in her own best way.
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
- Offers resources and information.
The Birth Doula Does Not…
- Perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart tone checks or vaginal exams. She is not there for medical reasons, other than to provide support.
- Make decisions for you. She will help get the information necessary for parents to make an informed decision and the one that is right for them.
- Speak to the medical staff instead of the laboring woman regarding matters where decisions are being made. She will discuss your concerns with you and the staff and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the medical staff.
- Replace the partner during labor. She supports and encourages the partner, and enhances their support style rather than replaces it.