FAQ: Doula Services
“Some women find that after they receive an epidural, the hospital staff and others around them almost “forget” as if they exist anymore. The focus seems to turn solely toward the fetal monitor, the blood pressure cuff, and the IV fluids and/or medication–but not toward the woman who is still laboring. While a Doula does not play as active of a role after a mother receives an epidural, her attention is still always turned toward the laboring woman. Whether she is reminding and/or assisting you in changing positions, “tucking you in” so that you can sleep, reminding you to ask questions about recommended interventions, or simply continuing supporting you emotionally, you are always her primary focus!” – Birthing Beautiful Ideas
- A supportive doctor or midwife whose ultimate goal is to medically give the Mom and Baby a safe birth and intervene if problems arise.
- The nurse is someone whose function is to medically monitor the health of Mom and Baby throughout labour.
- The partner is the beloved coach that gives love and affection to his partner while he himself transitions into fatherhood.
- The Doula offers constant physical and emotional support. She is with the Mom from the start of labour until the baby is born. Unlike the other medical staff who often have other patients they are busy with, she is by the couples side throughout the entire process. A Doula does not make any medical calls, but she does guide the couple in making educated decisions that best serve their birth wishes.
We do allow payment plans for those that need accommodations. We take limited clients per month, and asses availability in accordance to your due date.
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We will educate you on all your choices and create a birth plan you feel excited about. We will meet with you and your partner before the cesarean to help ground you and prepare you for the transitional moments of becoming a Mother and Father (remember, that’s what’s happening! It’s not just surgery – you are becoming a family!) We will advocate to your birth team for your birth desires and will be there to help with initial breastfeeding and skin to skin contact.
After the birth, your doula will be there to support you in your postpartum recovery at your home and help fill the gaps as you bond with baby and heal… laundry, cooking, cleaning, help with breastfeeding etc.