WHAT IS A DOULA?
In Greek, the word Doula means Servant. Doulas have been around for many years in the form of mothers, aunts, sisters and even friends. It wasn’t until the past couple of decades that formal education to train doulas became available. Theses days Doula refers to a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A DOULA?
There are many advantages to having a doula present at your birth. A doula, while caring, is also objective. She knows your labor desires prior to labor and will encourage you through every stage of labor. A doula always comes to your labor ready to serve and protect you. She is not hired by the hospital, therefore her primary focus is you (however she should have a good relationship with the staff). She is an accessible resource, so you do not have to remember everything you have read about labor or all of the information from your childbirth class. She is able to answer questions concerning your labor’s progress and give unemotional, informed options if you are presented with choices during labor. Birth InSight doulas have experienced labor and can look you in the eyes and know where you are. A good doula sets the room (with tricks in her bag) to allow you to feel safe and free to find your labor rhythm.
Benefits of Hiring a Doula:
25% decrease in the risk of Caesarean
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
24 HOUR ON-CALL AVAILABILITY
When hired we will be available by phone and email to help answer any questions you may have about pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding and infant care.
SUPPORT THROUGHOUT YOUR BIRTH
We offer early labor support by phone. Active labor support at home and/or hospital. We will suggest positions and activities to help your labor progress, while protecting the rhythm of your labor. We will offer comfort measures, massage and acupressure for relaxation. We provide explanation of medical terms and procedures. Depending on your labor, we may give a visual record of your laboring journey through taking pictures (optional).
We will stay with you immediately after your baby is born to ensure that you both are heading in a good direction. We will discuss any questions you may have. Once you feel comfortable, we will leave you to bond with your baby.
A HOME VISIT
We will be available for phone support with the family for up to 2 weeks postpartum and an in-home postpartum visit if the clients likes. During this time we will discuss breastfeeding progress and newborn care.