What’s A Doula?

The word “doula” derives from the Greek word originally meaning “a woman who serves.”

A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to expectant mothers before, during, and after birth. A doula may also provide emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. For more information about how I practice as a doula check out my services.

Rachelle Davis After Water Birth

  • A Birth Doula:
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Still Wondering Why You Should hire a Doula?

Check out just a few of the articles found in prestigious academic journals that highlight the benefits of hiring a doula, including: Reduced chance of C-section, medical intervention, and even pre-term labor; Decreased labor time; Decrease in Post-partum depression; Better infant mental health; Increased ease of breastfeeding; Better emotional intimacy between mother and child; Significant decrease in the cost of birth; and SO MUCH MORE!

Ready to create a conscious blissful birth? Let’s talk! Here’s how you can Contact Me.