What You Need to Know
Do you perform any physical examinations?
No. We do not assess medical concerns, diagnose, or prescribe. Rather we listen, give resources, and refer appropriately.
We empower the client with information, provide emotional support, and assist in physical comfort measures.
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
We can check in with them to see how they are doing, help to explain what's going on, allow for breaks to rest and eat during labour, facilitate conversations about how they will work with the pregnant/birthing/postpartum person during each phase, create space for the partner to feel apart of the process, reduces pressure on the partner, and so much more.
What does a doula do?
Doulas do a lot! The main pillars of doula work are: physical support, emotional support, and informational support.
Some examples of what a doula may do are; suggest comfort measures, give encouragement, help to work through emotions, guide persons through labour/postpartum, help to find relevant information, support partner(s), help provide a calm environment, amplify the client’s wishes, and more.
Why should I hire a birth doula?
Studies have found that having a labour doula can decrease cesarean rates, shorten labour, decreased request for pain medications, less need for pitocin, less need for forceps, less perceived pain, feelings of being more in control, less anxiety after birth, increased self confidence, decreased incidence of postpartum depression, increased incidence of chest/body/breastfeeding at 6 weeks, and improved relationship with partner(s).
How does a doula compliment the healthcare team?
We can help the client come up with questions, give resources, amplify the client’s voice, facilitate informed consent, refer concerns to a professional, help to educate the client, provide continued support and comfort measures (makes more time for the healthcare team), and so on.