What Is A Doula?

A birth doula is a trained labor companion who provides continuous, uninterrupted care for the laboring woman and her partner. A doula trusts the process of birth and a woman’s intuition to birth her baby. She helps mothers and families by offering physical, emotional, and informational support.

Benefits to hiring a doula

Clinical studies have found that a doulas presence at birth usually

  • results in shorter labors
  • lessens the chances of complications during labor
  • reduces the need for labor-inducing drugs, forceps or vacuum extraction
  • reduces the chances of cesarean section
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or an epidural
  • results in a greater overall feeling of  the childbirth experience

Limitations To Doula Practice

My role as a doula is strictly non-clinical. As your doula I will not:

  • provide any type of medical advice or clinical care
  • check your blood pressure
  • conduct vaginal exams or any other medical services
  • pressure my beliefs onto you
  • make any decisions for you or your partner
  • speak to any staff instead of you or your partner regarding matters where decisions are being made

"Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered." - Sarah Buckley