What is a doula?
- A professional who is experienced in childbirth.
- An individual who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth.
A doula’s job is to help patients have a safe, memorable, and empowering birth experience. If you are having your baby at the Birth Center and choose to work with a doula, this service is provided at no additional cost to you.
What does a doula do?
- They provide physical and emotional support during labor.
- They facilitate communication among patients, families and the healthcare team.
A doula does not provide any type of medical care.
We are thrilled to be partnering with Everyday Miracles to offer doula support to families. Our doula services include:
- Before your birth – A doula can help you prepare for childbirth, talk with you about a healthy pregnancy, and help you practice coping techniques to manage discomfort during labor.
- Labor and birth – A doula will provide physical and emotional support and encouragement for the mother, as well as their partner or family members who are present.
- After your birth – A doula usually stays for a short time after your birth. Your doula may also provide postpartum care to you to answer questions about things like feeding, newborn care, and to talk about your birth story
Learn more about our partnership with Everyday Miracles.
- Have a normal, vaginal birth and avoid a cesarean birth.
- Avoid using pain medication during labor.
- Have positive feelings about childbirth.
- Have a shorter labor.
- Have a healthy baby.
How can I arrange for a doula?
Tell your healthcare provider that you would like to have doula care for your labor and birth. You can ask to work with a doula at any point in your birth process.
Questions about doula services? Call Jess at 612-873-2203 (Voicemail option #2).