What is included in doula services?
The 2-3 education-focused prenatal visits ensure you feel informed about your options and confident in what to expect during birth. These are an excellent way to complement your prenatal classes if you are taking them.Before your birth, we will have developed a clear birth plan, including your priorities for your birth and your preferences. This plan can be used as a tool to make sure everyone you invite to your birth, including any medical professionals, understand your desires and preferences for the birth of your baby. Prenatal visits also provide us with the opportunity to become familiar with each other and as we build a strong relationship moving towards your birth.
Telephone and Email Support
I encourage my clients to keep in close contact with me by phone and email between our in-person visits so I may provide supplemental information and to answer questions as birth approaches. This support extends to the postpartum period, where I can direct you to a variety of resources in the community.
Support During Your Birth
During your birth, you will benefit from skilled use of comfort measures which can help you feel as calm and comfortable as possible. I will help facilitate discussion between you and your chosen primary attendant (if any) to make sure you are informed and confident about any decisions you may need to make during the birth.
The role of the doula differs from the role of any medical professionals such as Registered Midwives, GPs, or OBs you may be inviting to your birth. Read this article to find out more about how the doula role differs from the role of a medical professional.
If you have a partner who will be taking an active role in supporting you during birth, birth doula support will benefit him/her as well, and the two of us will work together to ensure you are fully supported during your birthing (Read an initially skeptical dad’s experience of my support).
Home Birth, Birth Pool and Educational Supplies
Take some of the prep-work out of birth with my included birth supplies, including birth pool and home birth supplies.
In addition, each client now is able to borrow an educational book and DVD from me to further their knowledge of birth.