Doula Support

The health and safety of my clients and their families is a top priority. Due to the current pandemic and social distancing measures, doula services are centered mostly around virtual contact in pregnancy and planning accordingly. In-person support for your birth is dependent upon where you are planning to deliver. Let's chat to talk about how doula support may work right now.

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What is a doula?

A birth doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. A doula is a non-clinical role and is not the same as a midwife or nurse.

 

Doulas do not diagnose or treat medical issues. Instead, a doula supports you and your entire team throughout all types of births and in all birth settings. 

 

With ten years of educating and supporting families during pregnancy and birth, I bring extensive knowledge, experience, and compassion to all births. 

 

If you're curious about birth doula services, let's meet for a cup of tea and a complimentary interview to explore how a doula might benefit you and your labor. 

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Birth support includes:

  • prenatal meetings to become more familiar with one another, explore your birth wishes, and practice comfort techniques together

  • ongoing support via in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, or texts with me during your pregnancy and postpartum

  • access to my Lending Library of recommended books

  • an on-call period from 38 weeks until you give birth

  • compassionate practical, emotional, and physical support for you and your birth team throughout labor and birth

  • complete availability throughout your labor and birth and the first few hours postpartum without restrictions on time together or added costs if you have a long labor

  • a postpartum visit together to ensure wellness and arrange additional resources as needed

  • access to my extensive referral list of community services and healthcare providers (like lactation consultants, massage therapists, or yoga instructors)

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Benefits of doula support

High-quality studies show there are benefits to having a doula present during your labor. They include:

  • increased chance of having a vaginal birth

  • decreased use of pain medications during labor including an epidural

  • decreased chance of needing instruments to assist in birth (like vacuum or forceps)

  • a decrease in the average length of labor

  • increased scoring for newborn wellbeing

  • a decrease in the rates of postpartum depression

  • happier, more fulfilling memories of the birth experience

If you're looking for something like doula support while birthing in a hospital, but with the added benefits and expertise of having a midwife, check out Wisdom Within's monitrice services.

My passion is helping families have empowering, confident birth experiences - let's prepare for yours! 

Reference: Dekker, R. (2019). Evidence on: Doulas. Retrieved from https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

elizabeth@wisdomwithinbirth.com
 

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