Shannon has realized she isn't Wonder Woman. We are taking a break from doulaing. Between full-time school to become a nurse practioner, a new house, a hubby, 4 kids, and a fish, she is at her limit of sanity. We'll let you know when we are ready to take clients again.
Do You Doula?
Call your insurance company to see if doula services are covered. We can provide you with the information to submit for reimbursement.
Do you have an amazing partner and not sure how a doula can help? Read the myths
Do you want your birthing experience to be:
♦less money out of your pocket?
♦50% less likely of having a surgical birth(c-section)?
♦60% decreased need for an epidural?
After your little one is born do you want:
♦to lessen the chance of postpartum depression?
♦a more satisfying and successful breastfeeding experience?
♦a good night sleep?
♦a safely installed car seat?
Would your partner want support from a male's perspective?
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." John H Kennell MD
The professional birth assistant, also known as a birth doula, is a woman who tends to the birthing family from early labor until a little after the baby is born. She is trained to deliver continuity of care from home to hospital, be there through changing hospital shifts and alternating physician schedules; serve as advocate, labor coach, and support partner, and above all, help manage the fears of both parents. If it is a home birth, she is trained to take over tasks so the partner can be 100% present. A doula's presence does not make a birth partner's presence unnecessary. To the contrary, her presence frees the partner from certain aspects of concern and allows the partner to interact more closely with the birthing woman. The goal is to give the parents-to-be the freedom to focus inward and increase the intimacy of the experience for both the mother and her partner as they meet the challenges and rewards of their unique birthing experience, thereby leaving her witha sense of empowerment and a beautiful and positive birth memory.
A postpartum doula is a non-judgmental woman with a quiet presence in the home. Most doulas are mothers themselves who have their own children and enjoy motherhood. By giving emotional and breastfeeding support along with practical newborn care tips and taking care of necessary household tasks such as: grocery shopping; meal preparation; doing the dishes, laundry or tending to the older children, doulas help ease the transition into motherhood. Unlike a baby nurse who focuses her care solely on the newborn, a postpartum doula encourages and teaches parents how to care for their newborn, to interpret their baby's cues, and to trust their instincts in responding to their baby's needs, infusing the parents with the confidence and support they need to develop their own parenting style.
According to a Parent's Network Poll on American Baby, 32% of first-time moms plan to use a lactation consultant, while 57% actually hire one.