What is a doula?
A 'doula' is an individual who provides physical, mental, and emotional support to a woman and her family during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
Will having a doula upstage my labor partner?
What does a doula do?
Birth is a special experience that a woman remembers forever. With that in mind, Megan works hard to ensure that parents and families retain positive memories of baby's arrival. An important part of that process is encouraging and enabling labor partners to participate as much as they feel comfortable. A partner's knowledge of the laboring woman, combined with a doula's confidence in the birth process, makes for a great support team.
Doulas provide support as families research and plan for birth; when families must deviate from their birth preferences, doulas help families obtain the requisite knowledge to offer informed consent. Doulas provide support with physical comfort measures in labor - primarily for the laboring individual, but labor partners need assistance, too! In addition, doulas are a steady, calm presence with a strong understanding of physiology and a laboring woman's needs during each stage of labor.
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One prenatal meeting to discuss care preferences, birth expectations, and the assignment of support roles between doula and labor partner
24-hour on call doula support for labor at home (when needed) and birth at selected location
Documentation of labor timeline; birth or postpartum photography
1-2 hours of immediate onsite postpartum support, including bonding, breastfeeding, newborn care
One follow-up postpartum visit, 3-14 days after birth
Unlimited phone and email support