Your pregnancy and birth experience should be everything you desire.
You deserve to have 100% evidence based care in a safe and inviting environment.
You should feel confident in your decisions, even when things don't go as planned.
This is what doulas do.
We help you achieve your goals, understand your options and empower you to make educated decisions.
From the moment you sit down and meet your doula, to your prenatal meetings, to the delivery of your baby we want you to feel connected. We want you to feel safe. We want you to feel strong and empowered. Childbirth can be unpredictable, let us help you navigate your experience. Consider us your travel guides- Never telling you which path you have to take, but making sure you understand the options, the outcomes and how they affect your journey.
Through hands on and professional support our goal is to help you enter your parenting journey with confidence. The day you give birth is so much more than just having a baby, and we couldn't agree more. You'll become a mother, whether for the first or fifth time. You and your partner will work as a team to bring your baby earthside. We will offer direction, options and support.
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
- Barbara Katz Rothman
Why do doulas matter?
Evidence based research has shown the necessity for doulas in the delivery room. 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, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and 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 oxytocin by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%.
Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. According to physicians Marshal Klaus and John Kennell, massage helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream, causing uterine contractions,and to the brain, resulting in a feelings of well being, drowsiness and higher pain threshold. By contrast, because synthetic IV oxytocin cannot cross into both the blood stream and the brain, it increases contractions without the positive psychological benefits of natural oxytocin.