What is a birth doula?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”.  In modern times, a doula can be any person who is an experienced, trained professional who provides support to a family during the pregnancy months and during the labor and delivery of a baby.


Do I need a birth doula?

Constant support during childbirth has been shown to reduce the duration and the likelihood of intervention.  Birth doulas support all members of the laboring “team” with help on minimizing pain, keeping labor moving, ensuring that all family members are eating and drinking and getting necessary rest.

Does having a doula require me to have a specific type of birth plan?

Absolutely not.  This is YOUR birth and we want to honor your wishes and needs.  We work with clients who are completely committed to a non-medicated birth, to those who definitely know they want an epidural and for others that know they will need a Cesarean Section but want additional support.  And we will discuss with you how plans can change during the birth process and help you understand why and what your options will be.