Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Doulas help provide continuity of care and shared decision making by assisting with education and resources. The focus of the midwife is the health of the mother and the baby. The focus of the doula is the growing bond, glowing heart, and healthy mind from the experience of birth for the entire family.
Partners benefit greatly from the added support of a doula during birth. Doulas do not replace the role partners have during birth but provide support for both the laboring person and the partner during this time. By reassuring the birth process as a normal, natural process we help the partner to better support the birthing person and support a space for them to process their emotions around birth as well. This also helps partners to care for themselves during labor in birth by stepping out, getting a cup of coffee or a meal, or taking a nap without sacrificing support.
The benefit of hiring a doula through Emerge is having the collective support, knowledge, and backup of the group. This guarantees the presence of a like minded doula regardless of personal situation, other births, exhaustion, or emergencies. This type of teamwork is essential because the entire wealth of knowledge and experience from the entire group enters the birth room with any of the Emerge doulas.
As one of our Postpartum Doulas says, “we’re the mama without the drama.” A Postpartum Doula is a woman who will come into your home after the birth of your baby and support each family according to their specific needs. Her role might be to throw in a load of laundry, do light housekeeping, prepare a meal, hold the baby while mom gets a nap, assist the mom and her partner with breastfeeding troubleshooting, baby soothing, etc. Postpartum doulas might support a family immediately after a birth or a couple of weeks after, when other family members have returned home.
The placenta is very nutrient dense which helps replenish the body after pregnancy and childbirth. Many report increased energy levels, more milk production, and less of an influence from the “Baby Blues” when consuming their placenta.
Absolutely. Although doulas have an intimate knowledge of childbirth not every doula is a childbirth educator. Childbirth education helps to create a village of families around similar birthing times while providing vital information to families to promote informed decision making, knowledge of pain coping techniques, and decrease anxiety around the entire process. It’s the physical, emotional, and mental training before the marathon of labor, birth, and postpartum.
We recommend taking a childbirth education class between 28-36 weeks to allow time to practice the techniques learned in the class. Weekend immersion classes are really helpful if closer to an estimated guess date as the series is condensed into 2 days while our weekend or weeknight series takes place over four weeks. The benefit to taking the 4 week series is it allows more time to build relationships with the other families and processing the class over the course of the month.