Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
WHAT IS A DOULA?
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing person before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
HOW WILL HIRING YOU AFFECT MY PARTNER’S ROLE DURING THE BIRTH?
Your doula is a team player, alongside you and your partner. Your doula's strengths on are knowledge, training, experience, and physical presence. We do not strive to, nor can we, replace the love and intimacy that you and your partner have and that they bring to supporting your labor. Like any good team, we will discuss everyone's desired level of involvement and role during our prenatal meetings, so that we have a plan we've developed together.
CAN I ADD CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION OR YOGA CLASSES TO MY PACKAGE?
CAN I HAVE A DOULA IF I AM BEING INDUCED, HAVING A CESAREAN BIRTH, OR PLANNING TO USE MEDICATIONS FOR PAIN?
Absolutely! We will support you for the birth of your baby, however you envision it and however it unfolds. We will help you understand what an induction, Cesarean birth, and/or using different pain medications is like and will go over the options you have along the way with each one. We will be there to support you during labor and birth, as well as immediately after, while you settle into your new family.
WHAT ARE YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH MEDICAL STAFF LIKE?
Yes, definitely. If you decide that adding some movement or that getting some more in-depth information on a particular topic is something you would like to do together, we can tailor a package unique to you, so that you have the support you are looking for!
DO YOU PERFORM ANY PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS?
My goal is to empower you, your partner, and your family to be advocates for yourselves and your needs. A doula's interactions with medical staff are like speaking with a team member, making sure that our main goal - your preferences and your and your baby's well-being - are always front and center. In times when you might need or want it, and with your permission, your doula can also facilitate a conversation about options, benefits, risks, and alternatives you might have.
No, doula support is in no way, shape, or form medical in nature. Physical examinations, well-checks, and all medical care before, during, and after birth are done by the trained caregivers and providers that you hire for their skills and expertise.