Would You Benefit from a Doula?
Studies* show that women supported by a doula have:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
A doula may be just what you need for the birth experience you desire.
What Does a Doula Do?
We will meet before your birth and go over your birth plan together to clarify what you would like me to do at your baby’s birth. Some specific duties may include, but are not limited to:
Assist the father or coach as needed
Suggest ideas for the mom’s physical or emotional comfort
Help mom with comfortable and effective labor positions
Provide labor massage
Help determine emotional signposts of labor
Assist in the timing of moving from home to hospital
Encourage positive communications with birth team
Take pictures or video
Act as primary coach if no other coach is present
Stay with mom if dad needs to chaperon baby to the nursery
Assist mom in getting started breastfeeding
Limits: Since I am not a doctor, nurse or midwife, I do not perform clinical functions such as vaginal exams, blood pressure, fetal monitoring, or give medical advice. I attend home births, but only with proper medical or midwife supervision and back-up.
What the Moms have to say:
“Nancy’s presence at our son’s birth was very reassuring. She was able to stay objective and make suggestions that put our focus back on relaxation and how well labor was progressing. She lifted our confidence with her encouraging insights and timely suggestions.”
– Dara, mother of two
“I can’t imagine the birth of my daughter without either one of you [husband or Nancy] there. You were a great tag team for me!”
– Lynn, first-time mother