Why hire a doula?

You Deserve a Better Birth
Whatever your picture or expectations of your baby's birth, you're hoping for a positive experience.  The reality of birth is that it can be an emotionally-charged situation.    You deserve a positive experience - whether it goes exactly as you imagined or not.  

As your doula, I will: 
  • be a calming presence in an otherwise hectic situation, 
  • be a consistent, constant presence available to answer your questions and explain your options, 
  • help manage your labor pain (whether pre-epidural or natural), 
  • act as your advocate for yours and your partner's wishes, 
  • and complement your birth team (nurses, doctors, family) 

You Want a Less Risky Experience
Several studies show that doula-assisted births result in
  • 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
Information was obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).

Sometimes Dads Need Help, Too

Even the most nurturing, supportive partner can feel completely lost or helpless once the Big Day arrives.  They have their own fears and questions and often need support in knowing how best to be a helpful, active part of the situation.  

My heart's desire is to support fathers:
  • By offering guilt-free breaks.  Labor typically lasts 8 -15 hours, and can last even longer.  Doulas remind dad to take breaks without the worry of leaving his wife alone.
  • By helping dads be helpful.  Sometimes dads want to help but just don't know what to do.  A doula helps provide direction and empower dad to support his wife.
  • By providing emotional support.  Mothers aren't the only ones riding an emotional roller coaster!  A doula can make sure dad understands what is going on during his partner's labor and delivery.
  • By relieving dad of the pressure.  A doula's presence means the couple need not worry about forgetting their birth plans or trying to remember all the pros and cons of interventions.
Read 5 Reasons Dads Should Demand a Doula

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