dou·la | \ ˈdü-lə
Definition of doula:
a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
We highly recommend you hire a local doula to support you during pregnancy, birth and post-partum. DoulaMatch.Net is a great resource to find a doula for you.
But if you'd benefit from a little extra support to fill in some of the gaps in your pregnancy experience, Mommymoon Doulas are here to help.
Schedule a virtual chat with a doula to get support, advice and tips. No pressure to hire us for your birth, just a conversation.
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While Mommymoon Doulas are also Birth Doulas with their individual practices, our sessions are offered as virtual video conferences to accommodate the pregnant person's convenience and offer low commitment channel for support.
The benefits of hiring a doula during your pregnancy, birth and post-partum are meaningful and we highly recommend you find a local doula to support you during this special experience. DoulaMatch.net is a great resource to find a local doula for you to hire.
Mommymoon Doulas are here to help fill in the gaps in your experience, answer those questions you didn't quite get to during your quick doctor or midwife visit, learn more about doula services and if they are right for you, and get support building your own birth plan.
Here are some example topics you might discuss in your session:
Mommymoon Doula online sessions are 50 minutes via zoom video conference call from the comfort of your home.
We're offering you a space to be completely vulnerable, share your experience and intimate questions and fears in complete confidence. We're here to support you with our extensive childbirth and pregnancy experience, without making it a medical conversation. And without any commitments for continued services.
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Doulas have the very special role of providing continuous emotional and physical support to the birthing person so that they feel safe, nurtured and empowered. Unlike a nurse, doctor or even midwife, a doula is focused entirely on you during the birth.
Birthing persons need permission to be completely vulnerable, to be themselves and be supported unconditionally - an experienced doula offers knowledge in this motherly way.
While difficult to prescribe your exact childbirth experience, having complete information about the choices you have and the impact of those choices, is your best preparation to own your experience. And a doula is your best resource to help you create an educated birth plan for your unique needs and wants.
A doula supports the birthing person with their childbirth experience, intuitively guiding mom and being a consistent and reliable resource during the birth. A doula might ask the birthing person questions like, "do you understand or want more information about that?" so that the women is empowered, informed and feels in control to make the right decisions for her and baby.
Women report having more positive feelings about their childbirth experience when they had the support of a doula. One study showed 34% fewer negative birth experiences, other studies report perceived easier births, higher emotional wellness and better connection with baby.
Having an experienced, nurturing person focused on your well-being during the birth can be a true game changer. Doulas help you to be better prepared and ready to make decisions in the moment. Plus, a doula always has a bag of tricks and tools to help you stay relaxed, calm and comfortable.
The physical and emotional support provided by a doula can meaningfully change childbirth outcomes. Studies have statistically proven women with doulas are less likely to have c-sections, have an epidural, or require interventions like forceps. On average women with doulas have 2+ hours shorter births.
The impact of a more natural, smoother and emotionally supported childbirth extends beyond the birth to mom and baby. Women who had doula support find high rate of success with breastfeeding, tend to breastfeed more exclusively and for longer periods, and feel more connected with baby in general.
If mom has an involved birthing partner, one of the common concerns about having a doula support during childbirth is that they will somehow take away from the experience of the birthing partner by offering support in place of them. In truth, the doula's role is very different from the birthing partner and most always helps the partner to be more supportive to mom with less pressure and reassured confidence.
Doulas guide birthing partners with experienced techniques and birthing knowledge so that they can have meaningful participation during the birth. For first time births, childbirth can last on average 12 to 24 hours, with an average of 8 hours of active, intense labor. Even super partners, can use a little support so that they can bring their best selves and enjoy the experience.
Recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn for the first time, isn't all warm and fuzzy baby snuggles. Truth - your body is taken over by hormones just so you can keep yourself and your baby alive. Thank you nature.
With all these changes going on within your body that you can't always control or understand. Emotional support and guidance from experienced doulas can bring you comfort and calm so that you can feel your best and enjoy this special time.