Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
Today, it is used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing person (and their partner if they have one) before, during and just after birth.
What are the benefits of a doula?
Here is a list of ways Doulas impact birth cited from Evidence Based Birth.
25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Who would benefit from a doula?
EVERYONE!! All birthing people deserve support and information to make empowered informed decisions. I am here to support you no matter what your circumstance may be.
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
As your Doula, it is NOT my job to replace your partner (unless you are without one) My Job is to educate, emotionally and physically support partners to empower them to support their partner through the birthing process.
What are your interactions with medical staff like?
I work alongside the team of medical professionals. I am their for you in whatever capacity you need me and will not interfere with them while they are conducting their care with you.
Do you perform any physical examinations?
No, I do not perform physical exams. I am there to provide information, comfort, and support.