CURRENTLY attending home, hospital + birth center.
What is a doula?
A birth doula is someone who provides educational, emotional, and physical support for birthing families. As a doula, I meet with my families for one or two prenatal appointments- during which we get to know each other and prepare for your birth. As your due date creeps closer, I will be on call 24/7 starting at 38 weeks. While in labor, I provide hands on support in whatever way you need in the moment. After your newest arrival has- well arrived- I will visit again. During this visit we chat about your birth, check in on breastfeeding if applicable, and make sure you feel supported through the beginning of your postpartum journey.
"Makenzie's support during my labor and birth was priceless."
DOULAS LESSEN YOUR CHANCE OF HAVING A C-SECTION.
DOULAS DECREASE PAIN DURING BIRTH.
DOULAS LESSEN THE DURATION OF LABOR.
DOULAS HELP YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR BIRTH.
Does a doula take the place of my partner?
Absolutely not! Doulas are a part of your birth team along with your partner. We are trained to support your whole family through birth. I will provide education and support for your partner as well. Your partner and I will work together as a team to support you and give you a safe space to birth. Studies show that partners most commonly report a higher satisfaction in birth when a doula is present
When is the best time to hire a birth doula?
It is never too early to hire a doula. It is best to start the search early so you can find someone you click with. It is never too late in your pregnancy to consider hiring a doula. Most doulas book early and quickly- repeat birthing families may even book their doula on the day their pregnancy is confirmed.
What happens at a prenatal appointment?
We go over pregnancy and childbirth education, address any questions and concerns, labor and birth options, birth plan guidance, baby registry assistance, high-risk pregnancy information, creating your birth environment, induction options, cesarean section planning, nursery staging and so much more.
Do I need a doula if I have a midwife?
Doulas are not medical providers. Doulas can be a great addition to any birth team, including one with a midwife.
Can I benefit from a doula if I choose to have a medicated birth?
Yes! I know this answer might be surprising to some, but doulas are for every type of birth.