What is a Doula?


“A Doula is a trained professional who provides  continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.  

According to a 2017 Cochrane Database Systemattic Review, “Continuous support in labor may improve a number f outcomes for both mother and baby, and no adverse outcomes have been identified. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s network, is experienced in providing labor support, and has at least a modest amount of training (such as a doula), appears beneficial”. 

-DONA International

“Some studies have shown that continuous support from doulas during childbirth might be associated with:

*A decreased use of pain relief medication during labor

*A decreased incidence of C-sections

*A decrease in the length of labor

*A decrease in negative childbirth experiences”

-Mayo Clinic

As your doula, I shall provide:

*Two prenatal visits to get to know each other, discuss your birth plan, address your wonderings and learn labor techniques. 

*A welcome packet with helpful information

*I will make myself available to you 24/7 through email and text for any questions you may have. 

*Two weeks prior to the due date I am officially on call for you and your baby! I will not  travel outside of Pinellas County and have my phone on and ready to hear your call. As you progress further into labor I will meet you  at  your chosen birthing place when you are ready. I will provide information, positioning/progression suggestions, massage and other comfort measures, according to your birth plan. 

-I will stay throughout the entire labor and up to 2 hours postpartum until you feel settled.

* About 1 week  later we can meet at your home for a  postpartum visit to reflect on your birth experience and address any lingering questions/concerns that you may have.

 *If you requested photos be taken during your birth experience, this is the time I will present you with a disc of them! 

The following are not performed by a doula:

*They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring

*They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions

*They do not make decisions for th client (medical or otherwise)

*They do not pressure the birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what they would prefer

*They do not take over the role of the partner

*They do not change shifts (although it may be necessary to call in back-up after 12-24 hours)