What's the evidence on doula support?
Researchers found that overall, people who have the support of a doula have a;
39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
Shorter labors by an average of 41 minutes
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
Doulas and partners create a unified support team. I understand the pressure on partners to be the photographer, updater, knowledge keeper (the expert on everything you've read and taken in a childbirth class over the past 9months)...while also remembering to take a bathroom break and stay hydrated (phew, that's a mouthful!)
Doulas do a great job complementing the partners role, tag- teaming when you need a break, reminding you of comfort techniques and cheering you on as you do the hard work of supporting the one you love.
How will hiring you affect my partners role during birth?
What is the role of a doula?
In short, a doula is a personal coach, cheerleader and personal google for all things birth, baby and mom. As a trained professional in supporting informed choice and personal autonomy, doulas empower families with evidence based information and become your biggest support person and number one fan.
What if something happens and you can’t attend the birth?
In the unlikely event that I cannot attend your birth due to sickness or emergency, I work closely with a backup doula that will attend in my absence. You will have the option to schedule a call or video meeting with your backup doula prior to your birth.
When should I hire you?
You can hire a doula at anytime, although hiring sooner in your pregnancy has some benefits.
I am available to you throughout your pregnancy, so the more time we have together, the more you get out of the relationship. This can be gaining knowledge and skills in decision making, informed choice, or general knowledge of what to expect throughout your pregnancy. It can be reassuring to know that you have a sounding board and support system when you need it. Part of your doula care includes prenatal visits, which are tailored to you…its a great time to practice comfort techniques, breathing, prepare a birth plan, ask questions and get to know each other.
What is your philosophy on support?
At the heart of birth work is a willingness to hold space. Walking alongside someone without judgement, only consistent, unbiased information and support. I am there for you no matter what you choose and no matter how your birth unfolds.
I believe every individual should have the opportunity;
To be an active participant in their care, through informed choice (which includes informed consent and informed refusal);
Give birth as they wish in an environment they feel is nurturing and secure, ensuring their emotional well-being, privacy, and personal preferences are respected;
Receive support for making informed choices on what they feel is best for them and baby