Choose a doula with your heart and intuition. She will walk with you into the unknown, but when you meet her you will feel as if you have known her forever.

Training & Experience

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.

A 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
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Labor Doula Fees

Fees for labor doula services range from $650 – $1200. Each doula sets her own fee based on her experience and comfort level. At emerge…, we never want finances to keep a family from using any of our services. All fees are flexible for those with true needs. We welcome your questions.

Learn More

You can learn more about our doulas on our team page. Alternatively, we host a gathering every six weeks where you can meet us and learn more about who we are and what we offer.

Labor 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.

Plan a Meeting with a Labor Doula

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.