A Birth Doula is an ancient model for supporting women in childbirth, providing continuous physical, emotional and informational support. She is available before, during and just after the birth. A postpartum doula provides practical support during the post partum period, usually once the family returns home.
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as an experience the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. We draw on our training and experience to guide parents through the labor, birth and postpartum period with love, compassion and support for whatever choices the mother makes, whether an unmedicated, medicated, hospital, home or cesarean birth.
Fees for labor doula services are commensurate with experience and range from $600-$1100. To purchase labor doula services, fill out our labor doula agreement form. The form will redirect you to a payment screen for the $250 deposit. (Before purchasing labor doula services, you need to make sure the doula is available for your due date. You can learn more about our doulas on our meet us page and email us with your interest. Alternatively, we host a gathering of doulas and perspective clients every other month. Check our events page to learn about upcoming gatherings. Or call us at 404.632.6752 to check doula availability.)
A postpartum doula provides practical support during the postpartum period, usually once the family returns home.
- Mothers the mother so she can mother her infant.
- Her role changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change.
- Educates the parents regarding baby care, and empowers siblings and other family members to care for baby and mother.
- Assists with breastfeeding and baby wearing.
- Makes sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.
- Support can last anywhere from one or two visits to more than three months.
- Some doulas work full time, with 9 to 5 shifts. Others work three to five hour shifts. Times are flexible and based on family needs
- May also serve before a birth when a mother has been placed on bed rest for various medical concerns.
To purchase postpartum doula services, fill out our postpartum doula agreement form. To secure your spot on our calendar we need this form to be complete in addition to receiving full payment of $150 for 6 hours of postpartum care. (Before purchasing postpartum doula services, you need to make sure the doula is available for your due date. You can learn more about our doulas on our meet us page and email us with your interest. Alternatively, we host a gathering of doulas and perspective clients every other month. Check our events page to learn about upcoming gatherings.)
Doulas DO NOT…
…take on any medical roles, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, or vaginal exams. We do not make decisions for mothers or speak for them. We will help parents get information they may need to make choices that are right for them along the way.
Doulas meet with the mother and her labor partner at least once before labor. This meeting is usually a month or more before her ‘guess date’ and we use the time to explore and discuss birth priorities and any fears or concerns. All along the journey through pregnancy your doula is available to answer questions and offer help in many ways.
We enjoy nurturing a relationship with mothers and partners long before we meet on the day she is in labor. We text, e mail and are available for phone conversations. Calling us after provider appointments keeps us up to date on how you are doing both physically and emotionally as your birthing day grows near.