Labor Support Services
Meet our Doulas
Labor Support is provided by birth doulas specially trained and certified through nationally recognized organizations. Studies have shown that their assistance helps decrease the pain and stress associated with childbirth, enhancing the birth experience for both mother and partner. Before labor the birth doula provides one-two in-home birth planning session(s) to discuss your priorities, and is available for telephone support at any time.
During Labor, the birth doula:
- Offers non-medical continuous emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and information to aid decision-making
- Uses relaxation techniques, guided imagery, massage, positioning, hot or cold packs, baths or showers, patterned breathing, and attention focusing techniques
- Makes a woman's birth experience a positive memory with rich rewards and feelings of accomplishment
- Acts as a liaison between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care provider, and is familiar with hospital procedures
After Delivery, the birth doula assists with postpartum procedures and early breastfeeding. Over the next few days, the doula keeps in touch by phone, and arranges a visit to review the labor and answer questions.
Labor Support doulas are also available for private, in-home childbirth preparation classes.
Statistics that Make the Case for Birth Doulas:
According to a Cochrane Review published in 2012 by Hodnett and colleagues, when continuous labor support is provided by a doula, women experience a:
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
- 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience