Why Hire a Doula?
Research has shown that the presence of a Doula lowers the incidence of medical interventions. Women who have had continuous labor support have shorter labors, less need for forceps, a lower risk of a cesarean section, and interact more favorably with their newborns.
~The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
Dr. John H. Kennell
Dr. John H. Kennell
Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Doula
Childbirth is an experience in a woman's life
that holds the power to transform her forever
Passing through these powerful gates -
in her own way -
remembering all the generations
of women who walk with her
...She is never alone.
Frequently Asked Questions
I think I would like a doula, but not quite sure. Can we talk or meet up before I decide?
Absolutely. Our first meeting is free and with no obligation or we can talk at length by phone. It's a chance for you to ask any questions you have on the role of a doula and decide if I am the right doula for you. It is so important that you trust your doula.
My husband/partner is worried that a doula would take a part of the experience away from him, is that likely?
Not at all, in fact a doula supports both you and your partner and allows your partner to be there as the father rather than take on a variety of roles that a single birth partner would have to. A woman in labor needs as much support and nurturing as possible and having both partner and doula forms a complementary team, with each bringing unique skills to the labor and birth.
I don't know if I can afford to pay for a doula at this time with all the other baby expenses coming up?
I am happy to work out a payment plan that works best for you. Keep in mind that a birth doula makes a wonderful gift from someone who loves you and wishes for you to have the best birth experience. It makes a great shower/birth gift from grandparents and/or co-workers too.
With the cost of deductibles and co-pays on insurance policies, you may be able to save the costs of many interventions that in turn you may be paying for completely or in form of a 20% co-pay on your hospital bill. As an example - the savings on avoiding having to pay 20% of expenses totalling an additional $3,000 is already $600.00. Please refer to the paragraph at the top of this page "Why Hire a Doula"
Do you issue a contract?
Yes. As a member of DONA, we are advised to offer you a contract and I can show you a sample of what it looks like at our first meeeting.