What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Who needs a doula?
Anyone having a baby can use a doula. Some people believe that doulas are only for women who want an unmedicated birth. This is not true. Doulas have very important roles to play in medicated and surgical births too.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
- Have lower incidence of abuse
What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula’s role changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever the parents need to best enjoy and care for their new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents. A postpartum doula also provides breastfeeding support, emotional and physical recovery from birth, basic new born care and information, resources and referrals. The goal of a postpartum doula is to nurture the parents into their new roles and again, do whatever they need so they are comfortable as parents. As they experience success and their knowledge and self-confidence grow, their needs for professional support should diminish.
Who needs a postpartum doula?
Anyone who just had a baby and is looking for assistance and guidance during this exciting and challenging time in a parent’s life.
Will the doula provide medical advice and make decisions for me?
A doula does not preform any medical or clinical tasks. The doula does not speak to the medical staff or intervene with their care and suggestions. The doula cannot make decisions for you, but the doula can help guide the parents with medical decisions by providing information and resources.
Will the doula replace my partner?
No! Doulas do not replace the partner in any way, shape or form. Instead, the doula supports the partner by offering suggestions and working as a team to help the mother feel loved and encouraged.
Can I have a doula when I have a c-section or epidural?
Absoutley! The doula will help prepare you for your surgery and postpartum care. If the surgery is a surprise during labour, the doula will provide information and resources. The doula will also stay as a continuous support for yourself and your partner.
If you plan on having an epidural or you decided to have an epidural during labour, the doula will support you before the epidural is administered, providing comfort measures while you relax and support you and your partner through the pushing process.
During a c-section and epidural, the doula is there to help support and guide you and your partner before, during and after birth in the postpartum phase.
What area do you serve?
The HRM area. However, I am willing to travel on the outskirts of HRM. Please contact me for more details.
What are your rates as a birth doula?
During the free consultation, I will discuss my rates and services. However, I am now charging $900.
What are your rates as a postpartum doula?
If you decide to hire a postpartum doula after the birth of your baby, my rates are hourly ($60 for the first hour and $30 for every other hour). Please contact me for more information about my hourly rate and services.