Birth and Postpartum Doulas
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth and knowledgeable of hospital procedures. Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support—from massage to aromatherapy, to continuous reassurance and coping techniques—for the mother and her family.
A birth doula generally meets with you before the birth to develop a trusting relationship and will be present for your labor. They may provide childbirth education, help you develop a birth plan, and set a number of postpartum visits. Most birth doulas work for a flat fee with a sliding scale.
A postpartum doula generally works with a family in their home for a few hours a week after a woman has given birth. They often provide breastfeeding information, baby care education, and light housecleaning, while providing the mother and her family with the time and space to bond (or take a shower).
Don't get confused by all those letters! There is a list of the acronyms and their definitions towards the bottom of the page.
Finding and Interviewing Doulas
I recommend you interview several doulas and see whom you vibe with. Some questions you might considering asking are:
- What is your birth philosophy?
- What training have you had?
- How many births have you attended?
- Have you worked with my doctor/midwife before?
- What kinds of suggestions do you typically make at a birth?
- What do you provide as a part of your services?
- What do you see your role as during the birth?
- How do you help include my partner in the birth?
- Can you provide references?
- How much are your services?
Doula Care Providers
Beautiful Informed Beginnings, LLC
Mary Jane Bennett, IBCLC, LCCE, CD(DONA), ECE · 283-7139 · firstname.lastname@example.org · PO Box 1454, Kihei, HI 96753
214-6935 · email@example.com
Sonya Niess · 802-280-3699 · firstname.lastname@example.org
DONA—Doulas of North America
ECE—Early Childhood Education
IBCLC—International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
LCCE—Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator