Doula Services

What is a Doula?

A doula is a trained birth professional who provides support to the laboring person during the birth of their child.

A birth doula may also be a childbirth educator and provide information and education throughout pregnancy as well as during the postpartum period.

A birth doula is also called a labor doula. A birth doula may accompany a pregnant woman during labor and birth in place of or in addition to a partner, family member or friend depending on the needs of the family.

A doula does not offer any medical advice nor does she do any medical procedures. The kind of support provided during childbirth may include:

physical assistance and comfort (massage, maintaining a supporting posture or providing water)

emotional support (providing company, encouragement or simply talking in a calming tone of voice)

acting as an advocate during childbirth (supporting the birthing woman's right to make decisions about their own body and baby to the medical team)

informational support (provide information about the birthing process and non-medication based forms of pain relief

facilitating communication between their client and health providers)

Continuous support during labor provided by doulas has been associated with improved outcomes for both birthing women and babies, including shorter delivery, fewer caesarean sections and complications, the use of fewer medications and fetal extraction tools, less time in neonatal intensive care units, positive psychological benefits, more satisfying birth experiences, and increased breastfeeding.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A Postpartum doula provides educational support and practical support in the home in the first weeks and months after childbirth or after adding an infant to the family.

Some postpartum doulas will offer breastfeeding classes as well a newborn care classes to help you prepapre for the arrival of your little one.

Some postpartum doulas specialize in overnight support. Typically you decide on a package of a certain number of hours spread over the course of several weeks.

Services include a mixture of emotional support and practical help, such as infant care, breastfeeding support, information, advocacy and referral, partner support, sibling care, and household organization/work as the family adjusts to the addition of a new baby.

There is some evidence that postpartum doula support can increase breastfeeding and decrease postpartum depression.

Hire a Doula

I offer both birth and postpartum support.

Over the years I have developed a network of trusted doulas that I refer to people when I am not available for your due date. They are all highly experienced and have worked in NYC hospitals extensively. Their fees start at $2200 and up.

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