COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A DOULA?
A doula is a labor support person who helps with labor, birth, and sometimes postpartum. Doulas are there with you the WHOLE time. Continuous support emotionally and physically. We support your choices and help you have the birth you envision. Your nurses and doctors do not have the opportunity to stay with you throughout your labor but your doula does! How amazing is that!
DOES A DOULA REPLACE NURSING STAFF OR MIDWIFE?
Doulas are considered birth workers but do not replace the role of a nurse/Midwive/OB. Midwives & Doctors are medically trained to provide care like prenatal care, vaginal checks, & birth babies!
It is not the scope of the doula to provide any medical related advice or replace the role of any nursing or primary care physicians.
I KNOW I WANT AN EPIDURAL, SHOULD I HIRE A DOULA?
There are SO many things a doula can help with when the birthing person wants an epidural. I can help with position changes, massages, partner support, & informational guidance. Also epidurals (like any pain management techniques) do not always work. About 7% of birthing people have epidural failures. Some times getting an epidural replaced works to fix the issue but not always.
Don’t let the choice of an epidural hinder you from choosing to be supported during your labor.
DO YOU OFFER POSTPARTUM SUPPORT?
As part of my birth package I do offer 4 hours of postpartum support. Additional hours can be requested at an hourly rate.
Postpartum support looks different for everyone. I can help with breast feeding, watch the baby so you can rest or shower, cook for you, light house keeping, and so so much more. But most importantly I can listen. Do you want to talk about your birth, have lots of questions, or need to vent. What ever you need me for I can be there for you.
I WANT TO HAVE A HOME BIRTH, CAN YOU BE MY DOULA?
Of course! As long as you have a primary care physician present I will be your doula anywhere you want to labor. Home, Birth Center, Hospital, outside beside a lake. I want to support you where ever you decide to birth. It is your journey I am just along to empower and support you!
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT MY PARTNER?
Teamwork makes the dream work. So I try to include the partner as much as they want to be included. Assisting/guiding the partner where to stand, how to help, where to hold, and how to be present and involved. I can also help facilitate conversation and explain birth lingo, as needed.
I DON'T HAVE A PARTNER, CAN YOU BE MY SUPPORT?
I would love to be there for you during this very special time for you. The best thing about doula support I will be there for you through everything. During pregnancy, during labor, during birth, and postpartum.