What’s the difference between a midwife and a doula?
First and foremost, doulas love midwives! I like to think of doulas and midwives as teammates who play very different roles. Midwives are primary care providers (medical professionals); their main concern is the health and safety of the birthing person and the baby. Doulas, on the other hand, are experts in non-medical support. A doula provides continuous care throughout your labour and birth to support you emotionally and physically.
How will you comfort me in labour?
We’re trained to use safe and effective techniques to comfort you in labour. We can suggest positions and types of movements, depending on the circumstance, to relieve pressure or to work with your body rather than against it. We’ll also care for your emotional needs, listening to your thoughts and concerns and lifting you up if things get tough. Doulas are trained to calmly adapt to change; you can depend on your doula to be a sounding board when you’re making a decision and to hold your hand when you need reinforcement.
Can’t my partner/mom/sister/friend be my doula?
Your birth partner(s), whoever they are, are the experts on you; a doula is an expert on birth. Doulas relieve the pressure on your husband/wife/mom/ sister/BFF to be everything you need in the moment. Birth is beautiful but it is HARD (labour!) and it can be difficult for partners to witness. Sometimes partners need support too…doulas do that. An in-depth review of over 15,000 labours agrees: “…continuous support was most effective when the provider was neither part of the hospital staff nor the woman’s social network” (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013).
What if I’m having a planned cesarean birth (C-section)?
Hiring a doula for a cesarean is a great way to get informational support: you will know what to expect before, during and after your birth. We can discuss the options that have been made available to you as you make choices for your birth. Emotionally, even a planned cesarean can be overwhelming. We’ll help you process your feelings, create a calm atmosphere and instill you with confidence. Doulas are sometimes welcomed in the operating room; if this appeals to you, ask your care provider. In the event that you and your baby are separated we can stay with you while your partner attends to your baby in recovery or special care.
What if I have an unplanned cesarean birth (C-section)?
Birth is unpredictable. As professional doula, we’re trained to calmly and quickly adapt to a change in circumstance to provide you with the informational, emotional and physical support you desire. In the event of an unplanned Cesarean, we’ll support you without judgement and we’ll do whatever we can to maintain a peaceful energy so that you feel calm and confident.
Aren’t doulas just for “natural births?”
In short, NO! This is your birth. We’re not emotionally invested in the choices you make for your family. We just want you to feel respected, supported and nurtured. We specialize in providing unbiased, wholehearted support.
When is the right time to hire a doula?
It’s never too early or too late to hire a doula. Of course, earlier is better if you want to guarantee your spot. That said, if you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and feeling like you want extra support, reach out! I certainly hope we’re able to work together.
“Can I purchase doula services for someone else?”
Yes! We would be happy to provide you with a gift certificate to cover full or partial fees for birth and/or postpartum support.