Why use a doula?
Continuous labor support has been shown to improve outcomes for mothers and enhance birth satisfaction. However, in most hospitals while labor and delivery nurses are trained to provide much needed physical and emotional support, they have more than one woman to care for at a time. That is why a doula is a vital part of the care team for women in labor. A doula provides a steady presence from the onset of labor through shift changes, breaks, etc. A doula is experienced in childbirth and can help moms and partners navigate the labor process through physical, emotional and informational support. Many maternity care providers have come to recognize doulas as an important part of a successful birthing team citing the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants that come with doula care.
Studies show a significant decrease in the use of interventions including: cesarean births, the use of epidurals, the use of pitocin, the use of narcotics, and the use of forceps when a doula is present.
What services do you provide?
Our services include an initial free consultation with the expectant mom, husband/partner and anyone else who will be a part of the labor and birth experience. This meeting will help us understand the desires you have for your birth and how we might help you realize those goals. If after this meeting you decide to hire Owensboro Birth Services, and we are a good fit, we will complete a service contract.
Included are at least two prenatal visits which will help us create a birth plan that outlines your wishes for your birth and the care of your baby immediately following his or her arrival. We will practice comfort measures and discuss questions you may want to cover with your care provider regarding what options you have during your birth. Your doula will be available via phone or email contact for questions or concerns throughout your pregnancy and postpartum period.
Your doula will join you in labor when you determine you need her and will remain with you throughout the birth and up to two hours postpartum to help establish breastfeeding if desired.
Finally, we will have a postpartum visit 1-2 weeks postpartum that will allow you to ask questions regarding your birth and help us gather feedback as to how we can serve our clients better in the future. At this time, if additional resources are needed, they will be provided.
I have a supportive partner, why do I need a doula?
A doula's role is determined by the mother's wishes and needs. Our goal in doula support is to educate couples so that they have all of the necessary information they need to ask relevant questions and help them participate actively in their labor and birth. We are simply available to offer suggestions and information that you may have forgotten from your childbirth class. We can provide an extra pair of hands for physical comfort or even allow your partner to rest if your labor is lengthy. Our intention is to never take the place of those who love and know the mother best.
Can I afford a doula?
What does a doula not do?
- Doulas do not perform clinical tasks such as taking fetal heart tones, interpreting fetal monitoring or performing vaginal exams.
- Doulas will not make decisions for you. A doula will make every effort to assist you in getting the information necessary to make an informed decision, and will remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
- Doulas will not speak to the staff regarding health care decisions. We will discuss your concerns with you, and help you identify key questions that may help you with your decisions, but you or your partner must share your decisions with your care provider and/or staff.
- Our doulas cannot be responsible for transporting you to the hospital in labor.