A birth doula can be both a strong personal connection and a helpful resource to have in planning for your labor and birth. In your prenatal visits, a doula can give a lot of useful information on what labor actually looks like, talk to you about all of your options – for comfort and medical purposes – and help you feel more prepared for this big life transition.
You get to decide what role your doula plays in your birth experience. Doulas provide consistent support from the time you call until you have given birth. They can meet you at your home or your birthing location and stay with you if you need to transfer locations.
Doulas can offer massage, encouraging words, media for distraction, suggestions of different labor positions, and many other comfort measures! They can also advocate for your wishes based on your birth planning process, so that you have the best birth experience possible. If you have a partner, a birth doula can help your partner feel supported and better support you through the labor as well.
Finally, our birth doulas offer postnatal visits during which you can review the birth experience and receive some support with newborn care. Giving birth is a big life transition, whether it’s your first time or you have experienced it before, and doulas can help with the physical and emotional needs that come up for you in that immediate postnatal period.