A Doula is NOT the same as a midwife. A Doula is NOT a doctor, midwife or nurse. A Doula is a support person assisting mothers with comfort and various support during labour & delivery but is NOT qualified to deliver your baby. A midwife will provide your medical and clinical care during pregnancy, will deliver your baby, and provide postpartum clinical care to you and your child.
A Doula does NOT replace nursing staff or other health care professionals. Doulas will NOT perform any medical tasks such as checking blood pressure or temperature, providing vaginal examinations or fetal heart rate monitoring. A Doula is simply a support person who is there to provide support and comfort to the expecting mother and family.
A Doula will NOT make decisions on your behalf. A Doula is able to enhance the communication between the mother and medical professionals and help provide a more in depth understanding of procedures and information provided to the mother by medical professionals. But by no means will your Doula make decisions for you or speak on your behalf to your medical professionals.
Having a Doula will NOT replace your partner, in fact your doula will be able to find different ways your partner can be a better support and help them be more engaged and involved in your birth experience.
Doulas support both hospital and home births as well as water births and caesareans. No matter what the circumstance your Doula is still able to provide you with care and support.
Will you provide support for the intended parents as well?Yes, I do support surrogate births. When supporting a surrogate birth I will provide support primarily to the surrogate and will provide support secondarily to the expecting parents. Support will begin during the pregnancy and continue through the labour & delivery as well as the postpartum period. If possible your Doula will try to meet with both the surrogate as well as the expecting parents for a prenatal appointment to discuss care and what support will look like during the delivery.
There are many benefits to having a doula present at your birth. A few benefits include:
Yes, I can support you no matter what your age. If you are under the age of 18 and expecting, I encourage you to reach out via email or phone so we can discuss your circumstance in full to create a better birth plan to help you transition smoothly into motherhood with the support and care you need.
As someone who has experienced sexual assault myself, I understand the emotions and feelings that may come up during a situation such as this. I can help provide ongoing support through out your pregnancy and labour & delivery. I will help by being a consistent and familiar face, someone who you trust throughout the entire journey. I am able to provide resources to help with the healing process during the postpartum stages and am able to provide unbiased support and care.
When supporting a mom as a Doula and attending as a Birth I will discuss with you the kind of care you are expecting as well as the images you would like captured. From there, we will create a birth plan. Often during the beginning stages of labour I will be more hands on, helping mom get through contractions. However, when reaching the transition phase and the pushing stage most moms do not like to be touched and therefore, care will switch from physical support to verbal support allowing me to capture your birth while still providing care. At no point does this mean that I will not support you. Your support will always come first!
Yes. Prenatal and postpartum care are included in your Basic Doula Package. They are also available as individual appointments that you can add onto your packages for further care.