what is a doula?

"A birth doula is professionally trained in how to support women and families during pregnancy, labor, birth and the immediate postpartum. A doula does not perform any medical procedures, but instead provides you with services that offer continuous emotional, physical, and informational support. A doula does not have an agenda, give advice, or assume there is a "right" way to give birth. Your goals are her goals, and she offers education and information so you can make informed decisions that are congruent with your family's needs and values.

Some doula's skills include birth plan preparation, pain relief techniques, labor massage, relaxation techniques, effective positioning for labor and birth, acupressure points, optimal fetal positioning, visualization techniques, hydrotherapy, hospital advocacy, breastfeeding support, and much more. A birth doula is flexible and knows how to navigate birth's unexpected situations. If unforeseen circumstances should arise, a doula remains calm, keeps you informed on what is happening and helps you adapt to changing circumstances. A doula is attentive to your hopes and fears, she is respectful of your choices, and she inspires confidence in your ability to labor and birth.

A doula does not replace the important role of the father, partner, or other family members. Instead, she encourages the birthing team to engage in the process with greater confidence and effectiveness and relieves them of the pressure to know and do everything. A doula knows how to work collaboratively with hospital staff even as she advocates for your needs and preferences during labor. A doula works for you, not for the hospital or doctor, so her care can be highly personalized to your individual needs."

Brooke Noli site: portlandlabordoula.com

Many benefits of hiring a birth doula are recognized by the World Health Organization and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Several studies show that a doula's continuous support, practical knowledge, and labor enhancing techniques help to reduce pain and anxiety in laboring women. When a laboring woman is less frightened and feels less pain, her labor is more likely to progress without the need for interventions. Research shows that a doula's presence during labor and birth can result in the following positive outcomes:

  • reduction in the rate of cesareans

  • reduction in epidural requests

  • reduction in the use of pitocin (medication used to induce labor)

  • reduction in vacuum assisted deliveries

  • an increase in successful breastfeeding and bonding between mother and baby

  • a reduction in "baby blues" and postpartum depression

My fee is $1,000

I offer payment plans for those booking in advance. There is a $300 nonrefundable fee for holding your spot on my calendar for 7 days and then I release to any other potential clients.

Services include:

  • 1 free consultation- During this time we will go over my welcome packet, including contract & services provided. We will spend at least an hour discussing many things.

  • 2 prenatal visits (I want to truly get to know you and your birthing team), we will also cover comfort techniques, breathing techniques, cover and/or create your birth plan, role play, provide resources & more.

  • Telephone & Email conversations leading up to delivery

  • Attend and support your entire Birth

  • Immediate breastfeeding support (If desired)

  • 1 Postpartum visit approximately 4 weeks postpartum

Additional Services:

  • Private Childbirth Education Classes

  • Postpartum doula services

$1,200- Birth Doula package including placenta encapsulation

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