Frequently Asked Questions
Does a doula replace my partner?
No! While doulas know birth, your partner and support system know you. The doula is able to provide a break for your partner, to help build your partner's confidence with suggestions on how they can assist you, and to answer any questions your partner may have. Together, a doula and your support partner make a wonderful team.
What if I want an epidural?
Great! Knowing your vision for your birth is the first step towards a wonderful birth experience. As doulas, our goal is to make sure you are informed, prepared, and confident during labor. We will use comfort measures to help you through early labor, and stay with you after your epidural to provide additional emotional support and information. We will use techniques shown to decrease labor time even after the epidural. If your doctor recommends additional interventions, we will help ensure you have the information you need to make your decision.
Is a doula a doctor or a midwife?
No. A doula is not a medical professional. We do not perform any medical tasks or take the place of a medical staff. We do help ensure you receive the information you need to make decisions, and answers to any questions you may have during your labor. We will not step in between the close relationship you have with your provider or second guess any information or decisions you have made with your doctor. We are an addition to the team you have already begun to build with your nurses, your medical professional, and your personal support circle.
When should I contact a doula?
It is never too early or too late to contact a doula! If you contact a doula early in pregnancy, you will have access to us to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and offer any helpful suggestions we have for the duration of your pregnancy. If you are in your third trimester and delivery is coming any day now, that's fine too! We can jump in to help at any point. If you are in active labor right now, pick up the phone! We can see if our schedule is open!
Who should use a doula?
Anyone! A doula can provide assistance to every mom. Whether you want an unmedicated birth at a birth center, a medicated birth in the hospital, or are having a cesarean birth, a doula can assist you. Our use of comfort and support, plus labor techniques and assistance after birth makes everyone a candidate for a doula. If you still aren't sure, contact us and let's talk!
“There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.”