Very simply, doulas make birth better.
We are trained to offer a wide range of support to birthing moms and their families. Doulas can help with information, physical comfort and positioning, and emotional support. Advocacy is also a big part of our role for many families, as we understand the ins and outs of the birth world and we can help you negotiate the system. Having a doula is a lot like bringing along your personal tour guide in a foreign country -- we help you understand the lay of the land and make the most of your journey.
Having a birth doula is more than just a luxury. Our goal is to help you create your best birth, whatever that looks like for you. Women who hire doulas actually have better birth outcomes, including:
Exactly how a birth doula can help depends on your particular needs, and how your birth unfolds. Some of our common services include:
transition to the hospital
“My good friend Beth Hawver was also my doula. I had never heard of a doula before, but now, I would never go into birth without one. The support was indescribable. It meant so much to have someone who had a clear head about my birth plan to keep me on the right track. If Beth would not have been there, my husband would have talked me into having an epidural. It was hard for him to see me in pain. My husband was great, but to have another women in the room who had been through birth before was wonderful. She never left my side for over 19 hours of labor. I thank Beth everyday for all the love and support, she is amazing!”
- Jennifer, mom to Owen, born at Bronson Hospital
"Eric's and my decision to hire Jessica as our doula was unanimous. It was important to us that we have as many advocates at our home birth as possible. We were both so pleased with the outcome! I cannot imagine not having her calm presence there. Whether it was to apply counter-pressure to my lower back, give suggestions on a position to try next, or simply knowing when to leave me alone, I was thoroughly impressed with her insight, advice and warmth. Our friendship has been set in stone through the experience of my daughter's birth. We've seen each other several times since, and she will always have a special place in our family."
- Kaitlin, mom to Ella, born at home
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