What is a Doula?
How is a Doula part of my birth team?
My job as a Birth Doula is to help round out your birth team with professional and experienced birth support. I work to create a team mentality within your birth room. I facilitate discussion between parents and medical staff, provide emotional and physical support, and am a continual presence from active labor through an hour or two postpartum. Your nursing staff will rotate with shift change, but I will be by your side the entire time. I provide no medical procedures, my focus is on your emotional and mental well being and providing comfort measures to work through your labor. I love being able to support birth partners through this process too! By guiding birth partners throughout labor and delivery, they can feel assured that they don't have to worry about forgetting what they learned in birth class or worried about making a mistake. I am there to help bring the two of you together, as a team!
How can I help?
How do you deal with complications at birth?
This is one of the biggest reasons we want to create an atmosphere of teamwork with your medical staff. I will help you process what is happening and ask for your options. My job is to "hold space", create a bubble for you and your partner, when you need time to make decisions. Keep in mind that I provide no medical services, your medical staff is there to keep you and your baby healthy. We will work with them to make your birth as smooth as possible. I work with you and your medical staff to help make your birthplan a reality;. Of course we know that sometimes plans change, and that's ok! We will have discussed those possible changes during our prenatal meeting. I work with you and your partner through labor with massage, positioning to keep you comfortable and help baby get into position for birth. Visualization, vocalization, hydrotherapy, and anything else that helps make you comfortable-I'm your doula!I will not leave you during your labor!
When do I call you?
Anytime, day or night!
Whenever you need me! I want to hear about any questions or complications that come up during your pregnancy. When you see your doctor, especially those weekly appointments at the end, give me updates. This will help us create and update your game plan for Baby Day! When you are in labor, you'll let me know. Even if you aren't sure! We'll assess over the phone how you are feeling (and if you need me to come to your home) and then decide when it is time for you to head to your birthing place. Always let your doctor know when you believe you are in labor and if your water breaks