FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions that I tend to receive. If you still have something you’d like to know, feel free to contact me for more details and I will do my best to help you get all the information you need.

What is a Doula?

 

A doula is a non-medical assistant in prenatal care, childbirth and the postpartum period. Doulas provide laboring birthing person with educational, physical and emotional support. Doulas offer support to the pregnant couple prior, during and after the baby is born. 

What Are The Benefits of a Doula?


Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Families who use doulas report having more positive feelings about their childbirth experience.  

Studies have shown that having a doula's support can:

- shorten labour by about 1.5 hours
- decrease chance of cesarean birth by 51%
- decrease the use for pain medication by 36%
- reduce the need for pitocin by 71%
- reduce the need for forceps by 57%
- help partners participate with confidence
- facilitate mother-baby bonding & breastfeeding

When Should I Hire A Doula?


The short answer is, whenever you feel. Some parents decide they want to hire a doula when they are just 10 weeks pregnant, other parents have decided last minute they wanted extra support. Looking early for a doula will give you the extra time to sit down with couple different doulas. Hiring a doula early on also gives you more time to build rapport and a trusting relationship.

Does a Doula Replace Midwife/OB/Nurse?


No. Doulas do not replace medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the birthing person and to enhance communication between the birthing person and medical professionals.

Does a Doula Make Decisions On My Behalf?


A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.

Will a Doula Make My Partner Feel Unnecessary?


No, a doula is supportive to both the birthing person and their partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.