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

Lydia Berger

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Michelle Chellew

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Caitlyn Gould

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

CPST

Kalena Migotto

Birth Doula

Samantha Mohamed

Birth Doula

Erin Pitman

Birth Doula

Hypnobirthing

Jen Stephenson

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

     Zeta Tulk

Birth Doula

Massage Therapist

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.**