A birth doula is a professional birth coach.What does that mean? What do they do?
- We get to know you during your pregnancy so we know what’s most important to you
- We accompany you in labour – on-call 24/7!
- We’re experts in normal birth
- We help you AND your partner (in fact, most partners feel MORE involved with a doula present)
- We know about hospital policies and can help you prepare for the things that matter most
What we don’t do:
- We don’t come with an agenda
- We don’t replace your partner
- We don’t speak for you, we do help facilitate communication though
- We don’t do ANYTHING medical (but we’ll work alongside those who do as a team)
When you hire a Discover Birth doula you get:
- A properly trained doula by leading certification organizations
- The support of a business that has been supporting clients for over a decade
- 2 or 3 prenatal visits one-on-one, or participation in their group classes if they are also a childbirth educator
- Back-up doula in the (rare) event that your doula is with another client
- 24/7 availability and support for urgent questions and labour
- Postpartum: most doulas will stay an hour or two after birth, or until you are settled and comfortable and you have established breastfeeding. Most will also do one postpartum visit to see how you are and to review your feelings about your birth experience.
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Common Doula Questions & Myths
If my spouse/partner will be there do I really need a Birth Doula?
A Doula is someone who has special experience and education to provide support in labour. While a partner may be your perfect emotional support, it’s quite unrealistic for them to remember everything they learned in childbirth classes or to remain unemotionally involved in the experience. A Doula is not there to replace your partner in any way. In fact, most support people will say that their Doula helped them become more involved in the birth experience by encouraging them to do things they wouldn’t have thought of.
I know I want an epidural, do I really need a doula?
Doulas should support your plans for pain management. It’s rare that you would be able to get an epidural as soon as you get to the hospital, and they don’t always work. You will always benefit from someone who can help reduce the pain you are actually perceiving, thus helping your labour to progress smoothly and quickly. Many doulas will also meet you at home and help you stay there in early labour to avoid being sent away from your hospital because you’re too “early”. Most women are worried about how they will cope, losing control, and just fearful in general. A doula can minimize all of those feelings during pregnancy and through labour.f.
I’m not nervous about birth, do I need a doula?
It’s great that you’re feeling confident! A doula will help you remain confident through labor, and give you the extra support you may need if things don’t go as you hoped. Many confident women claim their doula gave them the extra support they needed, and was a constant throughout their labor.
If I have a midwife do I really need a doula?
Midwives and doulas commonly share a similar philosophy: patients should use informed decision-making strategies. A midwife’s role is very different from a doula’s however. Midwives have many medical responsibilities that are out of scope for a doula, freeing the doula up to focus on your needs and your partner’s needs. They work very well together.
I really want a doula, but my partner’s not convinced. Now what?
This is a common concern, and a tough one! The best suggestion is to show your partner the statistics on doulas and their benefits. The evidence is overwhelming! Then you may ask your partner if they will sit through just one interview. You may consider doing some phone interviews ahead of time to find a doula you think will be a good fit, and then have your partner meet her. Many partners realize just how ‘normal’ it feels once they actually meet a real doula.
I really want a doula, but I can’t afford one. Now what?
Doulas are professionals with a significant amount of training and an unparalleled dedication to their clients. Doulas leave holiday and birthday dinners for their clients. They work for sometimes 30 hours in a row to support clients through difficult births. This specialized service is really worth every cent. Imagine the benefit to reducing interventions and caesareans? We know it can be expensive, which is why we offer payment plans and accept credit cards so you can work to spread out your payments over a period of time. We’ll work with you to make it as manageable as possible. The earlier you start the less expensive your monthly payments will be!
What if I want help after the baby’s born?
Great! We do that too!
What you’re looking for is called a postpartum doula!
Your birth doula may also be a postpartum doula. In that case you should work with us or her to discuss the extra hours you’d like to book for help once the baby comes. If she’s not a postpartum doula then call us and we’ll connect with another great Discover Birth team member.