This is a question that is coming up more as people are learning of the phenomenon of doulas. When I started as a doula six years ago, the percentage of people living in SF that were familiar with a doula was roughly 40%. Now, almost everyone has heard of a doula through family, friends or co-workers, and it's wonderful because doulas are making a difference in birth outcomes!
The benefits of having a doula are endless!
Here are some to name a few...
Provides emotional, intellectual and physical support
Is trained in comfort measures to help you through labor
Helps the family become informed about their labor/birth options
Helps facilitate communication between family and medical professionals
Supports the partner as well
Is familiar with birth and can help normalize this adventurous experience
Research has shown contintinuity of care with a doula means lower intervention
rates and more vaginal births! Click this link to learn more:
My hope is to build relationships with the families that I work with. In this way, we hold visits in your home so that we have a safe space to talk about all that has already come up or may come up in pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Pregnancy to postpartum is an intimate time and I hold it as a priority to create and have a nurturing friendship with the families I get the honor of working with.
Once we start working together, you will receive the following;
2 prenatal home visits where we get to know each other & discuss your questions, hopes, priorities, and birthing options. I share pain-coping practices, massage techniques, positions, the normal physiology of labor, and preparing for postpartum.
24-hour on-call labor support before and after your estimated "due-ish" date
Phone and email support from the start of care until the very end
Labor support when you need me (starting at home or at the hospital, your choice) until 1-2 hours after your baby's birth
1 postpartum home visit to check in and see how your new family is transitioning, process your birth experience & any questions you have, talk about self care postpartum, and provide resources as needed for breastfeeding and any other postpartum needs
Total cost for my services is $1800