Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Why a Birth Doula?
You may have heard or seen the term doula bouncing around the internet, your doctor's office, or your pregnancy books. You may wonder what a doula is, or what they may do, and why you should invest in having one. Doulas are there to support both mom and her partner. You’ll meet many people from your care team, like doctors and nurses but you won’t see much of your doctor during labor, and nurses don't usually have the time to support and help mom cope with labor. A mother can be in labor for 12 hours or more and that could be exhausting for your partner. Doulas are a powerful asset for mothers as they can assist with pain management and comfort, and emotional and physical support for you and your partner.
What is a Doula?
So what is a Doula? A birth Doula is a trained labor support person that assists with pain management during labor, emotional and physical support to mom and partner, and offers evidence-based information to help a parent make an informed decision during labor and delivery. We DO NOT deliver babies.
We do not replace your partner, but rather offer additional assistance to you both.
What does doula support look like?
Help you remember techniques taught in your childbirth class if you took one
Help baby to move in optimal positions to avoid getting stuck
Encouraging movements and environments to avoid a slow progressing labor
Guiding support team on how to best support mom during labor
Avoid epidural labor stalls and encourage labor to progress
Create a cesarean birth that feels more like a birth and less like a surgery
Helping you have your birth wishes heard even if it's not what the hospital normally does
Make sure dad and mom have their questions answered
Helping parents find alternatives to medical procedures and while still moving toward their birth goals
Benefits of a doula
Reduce the likelihood of cesarean
Offer breaks to the partner
Provide needed resources in your community
Provide breastfeeding support
Coach you through the labor process
Less medical interventions
Better overall birth experience
Pain management techniques
Why does your birth matter?
It's one day in your life but it impacts you and your baby mentally, physically, and emotionally. So how does it affect you in those ways?
💜 It impacts bonding 💜You will remember it forever 💜 It could impact your desire for future children 💜 It can affect your mental health 💜 It impacts successful breastfeeding 💜 It impacts your baby's immune system 💜 It can affect your baby's digestive system
Trained birth doulas have a passion to help moms get the support they need during labor and to helping moms have a voice during their labor and delivery. They want mothers to get the most ideal and safe birth they possibly can emotionally, physically, and mentally. We are the counselors and advocates for birth!
Interested in a doula?
If a birth doula is something you are interested in Fruit of The Womb Perinatal Services will happily provide this service for you with a FREE Consultation.