Birth Doula Support

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  • share resources & information pertaining to you
  • help you formulate your unique Birth Plan
  • assist with questions you may not feel comfortable immediately asking your care provider
  • make referrals to local pregnancy-related resources as needed
  • connect personally with you as a comrade through this journey
  • visit with you during a scheduled prenatal meeting
  • remain on-call 24/7 from 38 weeks of pregnancy onward

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Physical Support

  • provide comfort with pain-management techniques of your preference (massage, counter-pressure, etc)
  • assist with water therapy
  • apply hot/cold sensations
  • ensure you are nourished by giving food & drink
  • maintain the birth environment
  • birth pool set-up/clean up

Emotional Support

  • reassurance
  • praise
  • company
  • encouragement
  • mirroring
  • help you keep perspective
  • …and work through fears & doubts

Informational Support

  • give early labor support via phone
  • give reminders to eat & use the bathroom
  • time contractions if desired
  • explain medical procedures & options (not medical advice)
  • suggest beneficial laboring positions (important even with an epidural)
  • …movement ideas
  • …breathing & relaxation

Partner Support

  • assist partner by giving them a break without leaving you unsupported
  • help partner interpret labor progress
  • take non-professional photos as situation allows

Advocacy

  • support without judgment
  • hold space; your agenda is my agenda!
  • facilitate communication between parents & birth team
  • amplify your voice if it isn’t being fairly recognized
  • empower you to ask questions & verbalize your position
  • serve as a witness, providing peace of mind
  • stay aware of intended procedures so parents have opportunity to give informed consent

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  • assist with beginning breastfeeding, if needed
  • visit with you during a scheduled postpartum meeting
  • debrief the birth experience with empathy
  • discuss risk factors and/or any concerning symptoms of postpartum mood disorders (100% shame-free; I’ve been there myself)

For Postpartum Doula support that extends beyond the scope of my Birth Doula engagements, click here.

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  • perform clinical tasks (vaginal exams, fetal heart monitoring, etc.)
  • give medical advice or make diagnoses/prescriptions
  • make decisions for you
  • speak to birth staff on your behalf
  • impose personal preferences upon you
  • usurp the role of your partner (if applicable)
  • attend intentional free-birth (planned unassisted)
  • predict or guarantee any aspects of your birth
  • bear responsibility for your birth’s outcome
  • catch your baby

As a doula, I do not provide medical care and cannot take the place of a midwife, obstetrician, or other clinical worker at a birth. However, I’m knowledgeable about an expansive number of medical aspects that may arise in childbirth, giving you a better shot at making informed decisions.

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