Every pregnant woman deserves a doula!
What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the family before, during and after childbirth.
The word “Doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves.”
Labor Doula - Typically, a labor doula will meet with the parents in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy to get acquainted and to learn more about the couple and the history of this pregnancy. She may help you develop a birth plan, teach relaxation, visualization, and breathing skills useful for labor. She will meet with you during labor, and stay continuously at your side for up to two hours after the birth of your baby. Most importantly, the doula will provide comfort, support, and information about birth options.
I have had clients in all local hospitals, plus LaConte Medical Center in Sevierville and Erlanger in Chattanooga. In addition, I have had clients at the Lisa Ross Birth Center, and the Women’s Wellness and Birth Center in Madisonville, and have worked with Homebirth midwives.
Studies have shown that when a doula is present there is a:
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
28% reduction in risk of c-section
12% increase in likelyhood of spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Post-Partum Doula - The post-partum doula is a trained professional that offers physical, emotional, and educational support to a new mother and the rest of the family.
A postpartum doula acts as a support system for the entire family. She does not take over complete care of the newborn, but rather assists and teaches the parents how to care for their newborn baby and grow in their confidence as new parents. A postpartum doula offers non-judgmental support, education and encouragement, as well as community referrals when needed. She is well-trained in newborn and postpartum care and can help with basic breastfeeding questions and concerns. The postpartum doula does NOT perform any medical or clinical tasks.
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