Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Doula anyway?
A Doula is a professionally trained support provider who offers guidance,information and education,along with physical and emotional support to a pregnant woman and her partner/support person before,during,and after the birth of their baby. Think of your Doula as your personal advisor and encourager during your pregnancy and birth journey! A "google maps" of childbirth, if you will. The Doula knows the road and how to get there. She helps navigate while you drive.
How can a Doula improve my birth experience?
Families who seek the compassionate and skilled care of a Doula are more likely to experience the following benefits (and so much more!):
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with their birth experience
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin (a synthetic form of Oxytocin used to induce labor)
28% decrease in the risk of C-section
14% decrease in the risk of their newborn being admitted to a special care nursery
*As reported in The Evidence for Doulas by Rebecca Dekker
Is a Doula like a Midwife?
No. Doulas are unlike midwives and obstetricians in that they do not perform any medical procedures or provide medical care such as vaginal exams, administration of medication, blood pressure checks, catching your baby, etc.
Will my Doula be my advocate during my birth?
To an extent. While a Doula can provide you with support and information, a Doula’s role is not to speak for you in the birthing room. We won’t make decisions for you, or tell you to make a certain decision. We will remind you of choices you have made about your care, support those choices and help you ask any questions you may have for your providers. Doulas work diligently with you during prenatal visits to help you feel your power as medical consumers so that you and your partner/support person know how to advocate for yourselves when decisions need to be made about your care.
How do I know if I have found the right Doula for me?
Finding the right Doula is a lot like dating! You and your partner/support person will be sharing very intimate moments with your Doula. You want to be sure that you are 100% comfortable with each other. When the chemistry is right,it's right and you will trust your Doula implicitly. That’s why it’s so important to bring your partner/support person to your consultations with potential Doulas. You all need to connect in order to have the best birth experience.
Do Doulas support medicated labors and births?
Most definitely! A Doula’s role is to support YOUR decisions, not make recommendations based on what she has done or would do in your same situation. At the heart of your Doula’s philosophy should be a strong desire for YOU to walk away from your birth feeling satisfied with your experience...whatever that looks like for YOU. A well-trained Doula will help you understand the risks and benefits of potential interventions and emergency situations that can arise during labor and birth so that YOU have the tools you need to make informed decisions for YOUR family. She has plenty of tricks up her sleeve to help support you during lots of different kinds of labors and births, whether they are natural or medicated. Your Doula will support you!