"Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth." 

Virginia Di Orio

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What We Do

What is a Doula, anyway???

The word doula is a Greek word meaning "women’s servant". A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
(American Pregnancy Association)
 

What does that mean for me?

Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
 
Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of synthetic oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.
 
Studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.
Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.
 
~ Ina May Gaskin. 
 

What our clients say

  1. "Jodi maintained a friendly and positive attitude throughout a LENGTHY labor and was GREAT support during the 2nd stage of pushing! A true asset!"
    Dr. Greta B., MD
    Dr. Greta B., MD
  2. "Jodi was very pleasant and insightful! A joy to partner with!"
    Dr. Mike P., MD
    Dr. Mike P., MD
  3. "Looking back, (a doula) was one of the things that was 'optional' for us to do, but that had the greatest impact on our pregnancy and birthing experience... She kept my husband in the loop, explaining things as we progressed when I was no longer able to communicate effectively. She helped him help me. She also helped me directly, letting me know what was normal and giving me the confidence and feedback I needed so that I could have the birth I wanted!...I felt SO empowered!"
    Nichole M.
    Nichole M.

Read full testimonials on our page at DoulaMatch.net

What We Do

Before childbirth, a birth doula will typically:
  • Meet with you during your second or third trimester to get acquainted
  • Teach you relaxation and breathing skills
  • Answer your questions about the birthing process
  • Help you understand labor and delivery procedures and possible complications
  • Help you develop a birth plan
 
During labor, the doula will:
  • Stay with you constantly to provide comfort and support
  • Use massage and touch to help you relax and rest
  • Help you get into comfortable positions
  • Help you get adequate nutrition and fluids
  • Help communicate your preferences to the medical staff
  • Involve and reassure the dad-to-be
 
After delivery, a doula can:
  • Provide support and encouragement to both you and dad after bringing your baby home
  • Teach both of you how to care for your new baby
  • Assist with breastfeeding education
  • Support dad and other siblings and teach them how to help you
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest, eat regularly, stay hydrated, and are comfortable
 
 
A few of the things a doula does NOT do: Make medical decisions for the mother (including answering yes/no to treatment options), any medical or clinical procedures including vaginal exams, speak for the mother (although doulas do help mothers advocate for themselves!), prescribe or administer medication, and especially not replace a spouse or partner!
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