Birth Doula Support

What is a Doula?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”. It is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her support people before, during and just after birth. A doula can also provide emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

 

Why hire a Doula?

Current research has shown that using a professional birth Doula during labour provides the following benefits:

  • Reduction in the length of labour

  • Fewer complications

  • Reduction in cesarean birth rates

  • Reduction in pitocin use

  • Reduction in instrumental delivery

  • Reduction in epidural requests

  • Reduction in analgesia use

For the mothers:

  • Greater satisfaction with their birth experience

  • More positive feelings toward their babies

  • Less postpartum depression

For the babies:

  • Shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries

  • Fewer struggles with breastfeeding

  • More affectionate mothers

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Caitlin Bates

Birth Doula

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Michelle Chellew

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Jen Stephenson

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

When you hire a birth doula, you can expect the following to be included as a minimum in your contract:

  • 3 prenatal visits to learn about the family, make up a birth plan, learn comfort measures and any other prenatal education information the doula can offer the family during this time.

  • On call support 24/7 as of 38 weeks until baby is born.

  • Doula support as soon as mom and her partner need it during labour.

  • Support immediately after the birth to make sure breastfeeding is established and that mom and partner are feeling ok. This is usually until around 2-3 hours immediately postpartum.

  • Post visit within 72 hours to answer any questions about the birth, help with feeding and to make sure mom and partner have no other concerns.

  • On going breastfeeding support for the first 6 weeks is also included for those that are struggling although other professional help should also be sought out as well.

**Individual doulas may have slightly different packages. Please contact the doulas on our website for a consult to ask about their pricing.**