FAQs

Answers to your Questions

I want you to feel safe and sure about everything to do with your birthing experience. Read some frequently asked questions about my business and my services. If you still haven’t found the answer you are looking for, feel free to get in touch with me.

What is a birth doula?

A doula is a professional labor and birth companion--a sort of birth "guide". Unlike any other care provider, your doula is with you physically throughout the duration of your labor and birth providing education, information, comfort, logistical support, and techniques to make your labor easier, and more enjoyable.

What is a postpartum doula?

A postpartum doula is a professional trained to work with a new mother through the period after birth. The postpartum period, sometimes called the fourth trimester, is the first 12 weeks after the birth of your baby.

What does a doula do?

A birth doula provides:

  •  education, support, and resources prior to birth

  •  continuous physical and emotional support from early labor through the immediate postpartum

  •  support for your partner, including giving them the ability to take a break, as well as giving them tips to enhance their role as primary support

  •  a listening ear when you have questions, fears, and concerns

What does a  postpartum doula do?

A birth postpartum provides:

  •  Education, support, and resources for new parents

  • Support around breastfeeding, soothing and newborn care

  •  Emotional support for new parents

  •  Light housekeeping, meal prep, and newborn care

What does a birth doula not do?

A doula does not:

  • Speak for you

  • Make decisions for you

  • Provide medical advice

  • Perform clinical tasks

  • Contradict or argue with your caregiver

  • Take the place of your partner as primary support (unless your partner is unable to act as primary support)

Why should you hire a doula?

Birth Doula:

  • reduce your chances of having a c-section or forceps delivery

  • reduce your chances of using interventions

  • have less painhave a shorter labor

  • have a better overall birth experience

Postpartum Doula

  • Increase confidence around newborn care.

  • Gives both parents a chance to recoup lost sleep

  • May reduce risk of Postpartum Mood Disorders