Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Should I take birthing classes if I want an epidural or if I'm not sure what I want?

Absolutely! No matter your plans for your birth experience, this class will open your eyes to the miracle of birth and dispel many of the myths and mysteries. The class will also empower your partner, giving him or her the confidence to be an effective advocate for you and your baby, which will definitely be imperative if you plan to. The beauty of education is it affords you the luxury of being able to make smart decisions for yourself.

What is a Birth/Labor Doula?

A labor doula supports a woman and her partner during pregnancy, birth and the early hours of parenting. The doula is by the mother's side during her labor and/or shortly after she gives birth, focused solely on the mother and her partner. In labor, she is there to support, affirm and educate. She helps the laboring couple stay connected to their birth and assists the partner in supporting the mother. She provides knowledge, comfort measures and breathing techniques as well as suggestions for position changes to ease the discomfort of labor. The doula also provides educational information to help expectant parents communicate their expectations more effectively to their caregivers. (©ProDoula 2016)

What are the benefits of a doula?

Labor doulas are statistically proven to improve outcomes:
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
28% decrease in the risk of C-section
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Won't my OB/Nurse/Midwife do that?

Your carefully chosen care provider is an integral part of your birth. You are not, however, their only patient. Your nurse, ob or midwife will be balancing your care with many others within your birth setting and will not be a consistent presence during your labor. A doula is a constant, continuous support member of your birthing team, contracted to you and your partner, for the duration of your labor experience. The steady, consistent care a doula provides is a great reassurance and assistance to families during such an important process.

Can my partner be my doula?

Your partner is very connected to your birthing process. However, he/she is also emotionally connected to the birthing experience of their baby and may need additional support. Doulas assist partners in having the birth experience they desire as well, whether that includes verbal encouragement, allowing a partner to get a much needed nap or meal, or assisting with physical comfort measures during the labor process. Often partners are a major benefactor of doula support in the labor setting!

What if I am planning an epidural or caesarean?

Our doulas provide support of all birth plans, whether surgical, medication assisted or non medicated. We provide unconditional, non-judgmental support of your choices and decisions regarding your birth. Rest assured that your doula will have your back no matter the path of your unique birthing situation!

How long do families typically use in-home Postpartum doula care?

Anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks is typical, though some families do as few as a couple of overnights while others utilize 12 weeks of full-time help. We customize care to fit your needs as they change from week to week. 

How should I schedule my Postpartum Doula/NCS?

We have Doulas to cover you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you would like to have someone come during the day to answer your questions, give you a break, and take care of some of your daily tasks, or at night so that you can get more sleep, just ask.

We typically recommend 4 hours during the day, or 8 hours at night to get the most benefit from your Postpartum Doula. To discuss your individual needs, please contact us for your free consultation. How many times per week your Doula comes is up to you. We recommend more help up front; then tapering off.

Do you have gift certificates available?

Wondering what is the perfect gift for your friend for their baby shower? Maybe you don’t want to get yet ANOTHER baby blanket. Nothing says that you want to help more than the gift of care, support, hot meals,and assistance with diapers/bottles/laundry. Give your favorite parents-to-be the gift or more sleep, more confidence, and more time to relax and bond with their new baby.

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