Helping you Begin Life with your baby in the best way possible.
Giving birth does not have to be an event to fear. The best way to conquer this fear is with education and a strong support system. I can help you with both of these! Whether this is your first birth, and you're not quite sure what to expect, or you've gone through labor and delivery before and know exactly what you want for this time I can work with you to ease your fears and help you reach your goals.
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
John H. Kennell, MD
What is a doula?
A doula is a woman who provides loving support to a woman during her pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum. As a professionally trained doula I will provide you with physical, emotional and informational support to help you have the best experience possible.
Why should I have a doula?
When a woman must labor without a supportive woman at her side, she experiences a:
Why do I need a doula when my husband/partner, nurse and doctor will all be there?
Husbands are often expected to step up and become their wife's "labor coach." The best coach though is someone who has played the game. It's often difficult for a husband to deal with his own feelings and have to support his wife at the same time. Is it really fair to expect your husband to be an expert on labor and childbirth? Having a doula at your birth gives your husband the freedom to give you support without having to worry about anything other than showing you love. After all it is hard for your husband to look into your eyes, hold your hand while massaging your back and trying to figure out what the nurse is talking about all at the same time. A doula is a childbirth professional who acts as a support to both mom and partner.
Nurses and doctors are not able to provide continuous support. Nurses generally are very busy and only able to check on you periodically. They also have many responsibilities including charting, reporting to superiors, other patients and shift changes. Doctors typically only appear once pushing has begun and sometimes not until the baby begins to crown.
As a doula, my main focus is your comfort. I will provide continuous support to you and your partner. I will provide you with any information you need to make informed decisions during your labor.