What is a Birth Doula? As a labor support professional (also known as a Birth Doula) I accompany a woman in labor to help ensure a calm and satisfying birth experience for her and her partner. I assist couples in having an enjoyable birth by providing mental and emotional support, physical comfort, and assistance in communication with the medical staff to make sure they have the information that they need to make informed decisions.
Why should I consider having a Birth Doula? I think DONA.org explains it beautifully... "Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth * tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications * reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience * reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans * reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals"
As a Birth Doula, what services do you offer? On my Doula Services page, you will find an outline of what services I provide as a Doula.
Does a Birth Doula make the birth partner feel less important or less involved during the birth? Not at all! Quite the opposite! A Doula does not interfere with the birth partner's role in any way. By providing additional comfort and support (and, quite frankly, another set of hands!) a Doula can help the birth partner to feel at ease.
What is a Postpartum Doula? As a postpartum doula, my job is to make the transition to parenthood as smooth and enjoyable as possible. I provide help with the baby, care for the mom, light cleaning and cooking, running errands, help with siblings, or whatever tasks might help to make life easier for the new family. Learn more about postpartum doula services...
Do people SERIOUSLY consume their placenta? I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?! Yep! I know, it kinda freaked me out when I first heard about it, too. But the more I learned about it, the cooler it seemed.
What kind of training do you have? I've been in practice since 2010, when I established Peachy Keen Birth Services. My training and certifications include: