A birth doula is a trained and experienced labor support professional. She has a passion for empowering women and their families during pregnancy, labor and birth. Most birth doulas have attended both hospital and home births. Doulas support women and couples through all types of births. Studies have shown that a doulas presence produces more positive birth outcomes, reduces medical interventions and c-sections.
Birth doulas provides so much more than labor and birth support. Starting with your first consultative meeting you will find out that doulas possess a wealth of information about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, newborn care and much more. Whether you are choosing to birth at home, hospital or birth center there is a doula uniquely qualified to support your needs. A doula’s scope of practice is broad, here are a few of the typical services most doulas provide.
- Birth Team Construction – (choosing an ob, midwife, hospital…)
- Childbirth education overview and/or referral
- Prenatal home visits
- Phone, text and email support
- On-going doctor visit preparation and reflection
- Pregnancy exercises and relaxation techniques
- Birth plan creation and birth team communication tips
- Reassurance, referrals and support
- Empowering support for your unique pregnancy and birth needs
- Breastfeeding and newborn nutrition education
- Newborn baby care and readiness tips
- Newborn parent preparation and sleep tips
- Postpartum preparation suggestions
- Postpartum visits
Birth doula service fees range from $150 for a student doula to $1200 for an experienced doula. Most doulas work in supportive networks which offer a guarantee that you will be supported through your labor by your doula or her back up doula.