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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Doula?
A: The term Doula is a Greek word that has come to refer to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth” (Klaus, Kennell Klaus, Mothering the Mother). Doulas are trained and experienced professionals who work well with both doctors and midwives, whether you give birth at home or in a hospital setting.

Q: Doula Care?
A: We include prenatal visits, help in preparing a birth plan, supplementary childbirth education, continuous support during labor and delivery, assistance with breastfeeding, postpartum visits and more!

Q: What are the benefits of Doula Care***

  • 25% shorter labor
  • 50% reduction in the cesareans
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery

Q: What are the long-term benefits***

  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Decreased postpartum depression
  • Greater maternal satisfaction
  • Enhanced mother-infant bonding
  • Six weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas experienced:     
    • Less anxiety and depression
    • More confidence with the baby
    • More satisfaction with their partner
  • Long-term benefits of using a doula:
    • Improved breastfeeding
    • Increased time spent with baby
    • More positive maternal assessments of baby's personality and health, and maternal competence
    • Decreased postpartum depression

*** "Mothering the Mother", by M.H. Klaus, J.H. Kennell, and P.H. Klaus; Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, New York (1993).

Q: Can you be with me during a cesarean?
A: I love to be present and assist with visualizations, being there for you and your partner and taking those precious first pictures of your child. The mother and the anesthesiologist usually have to agree to have a doula present during a cesarean.

Q: What if I want an epidural?
A: A doula is not there to make medical decisions for you. She is there to assist you and empower you with your choices. She will let you know the pros and cons of all medication and medical procedures offered. She is there to support you with your labor choices.

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