Doula Care

Having a doula at your birth greatly increases the likelihood of achieving the birth you hope for!  The doula’s essential role is to provide continuous physical and emotional support to the mother, no matter what decisions she makes or how she gives birth. 

What does a doula do?

  • A doula gets to know the mom during pregnancy and supports what the birthing person wants
  • She help parents find evidence-based information about different options in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Assists with explaining medical procedures before or as they occur
  • Helps the birth partner understand what’s going on with their loved one’s labor (for example, interpreting the different sounds the birthing person makes)
  • She can provide soothing touch through the use of massage, counter pressure, or a rebozo
  • Works to create a calm environment, by dimming lights, playing music and keeping the space quiet
  • A doula encourages the mom to stay hydrated/fed depending on the birth location’s policies
  • Suggests and assists with labor positions that can help the mom be comfortable and help labor progress
  • A doula can suggest coping techniques in labor, such as breathing, relaxation ideas, movement, and positioning
  • She stays with the mom continuously 
  • A doula provides verbal encouragement, praise and reassurance for the mom and partner
  • Visits the mom after the birth to help her process the birth
  • She listens with empathy and never judges
Doula assisting couple laboring in birth tub

What does a doula NOT do?

  •  A doula DOES NOT perform clinical tasks like vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
  • She DOES NOT not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
  • DOES NOT make decisions for the client (medical or otherwise)
  • She DOES NOT pressure the birthing person into certain choices
  • DOES NOT take over the role of the partner
  • She DOES NOT catch the baby
  • A doula DOES NOT change shifts (although some doulas may call in their back-up after 12-24 hours)

Megan, we can’t thank you enough for attending Daniel’s birth! You went above and beyond in the ways that you cared for and supported our family. We feel so blessed to have had you there.

Lisa & Adam C.

How can I best help you?

Who you choose to be on your birth team can have such a huge impact on your overall birth experience.  You deserve to have people present who will support you in your decisions and help in the ways you need most.  That is what I hope for you.  

Please send me an email or give me a call!  I’d love to chat about your birth plan and support you in any way I can!

‪(540) 692-6182‬