Doulas

Doula Services

Doulas provide physical and emotional help to women and their partners in labor. The role of a Doula is to offer guidance and support to the expecting mother so she may have the best birth and postpartum experience possible.

Labor and Delivery Doula

Whether you are having a medicated or unmedicated birth, Doulas will help you with your labor through massage, relaxation, breathing, positioning, and other comfort measures. A Doula will assist you in carrying out your birth plan during your labor and birth. Your Doula will remain with you throughout your labor, starting from when you feel that your Doula is needed up until a few hours after you have delivered your baby.
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Doulas

Doulas and Dads

Your Doula can assist the father with being involved in the birth of your baby. During the birthing process it may be hard for your partner to see you in pain and discomfort. Therefore, the Doula can work with the father to help him know what to do to comfort you during labor.
A doula can remain objective and calm and help remove any fears that the two of you might have. If you experience a long and tiring birth process your Doula will also be there to give you both reassurance and support.

Hypno-Doula

Heather Shelley is one of our midwives that has been trained as a doula in hypnosis births. She is available to help those of you who have taken hypnobabies (r) and are looking for a midwife trained in that method of childbirth.

Postpartum Doula Services

After a baby is born, most new mothers and fathers can use the additional support of a Postpartum doula. Postpartum doulas want to help make this time an easier one for new mothers. Motherhood is a huge change in your life, and the adjustment period feels less overwhelming when you have someone to help with your questions and concerns. A postpartum Doula can offer this type of support.  

Postpartum Doulas give breastfeeding support, along with newborn-care tips, and take care of necessary household tasks. This can help to ease your transition into motherhood. Doulas are flexible to the needs of each family. They are there to encourage and teach families to care for their own newborn. They help mothers and fathers to trust their instincts in meeting their baby’s needs.

Most Postpartum Doula Services Include:
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Advice on basic newborn care
    • feeding
    • bathing
    • infant massage
    • soothing
    • swaddling
    • safety issues
    • dressing
    • diapering
  • Emotional support during your transition into parenthood
  • Care & activities for siblings
  • Meal planning & preparation
  • Help around the house
Postpartum Doulas
On occasion, Birthing offers a volunteer Doula service but we ask that you do not depend on these volunteers because the services are not guaranteed. We can provide recommendations for local Doulas in the area or you may check the following websites for more options:
Please note that your midwife cannot and should not try to be your midwife and your Doula at your birth. They play completely different roles at a birth and one person can not physically do both at the same time.
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