A doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support to an expectant mother before, during, and after childbirth. A doula stays with the birth giver during labor, providing relaxation and breathing technique assistance, along with assisting with labor positions and providing soothing services such as massages.
Having a doula provides a better outcome during birth for both the baby and the birth giver. The support of a doula allows you to mitigate through individual and internationalized racism within the health care system that people of color may experience. Doulas provide agency, security, knowledge, and connectedness. During labor and delivery, a doula will be there to help you manage pain, ease stress, and reassure you when it’s most needed.
No, doulas are not medically trained and cannot deliver babies. They give you support so you can feel more in control of your birth.
There is no “perfect” time to hire a doula, it’s never too late or early. You can decide when you want to, ideally about 18-20 weeks, after your first trimester. There is an advantage of hiring a doula earlier in the pregnancy. It allows the doula and client to build a relationship, create birth wishes, and allows you to create a vision for your birth and postpartum experience. However, a doula can be hired last minute to support you in labor.
This is the opportunity for me to get to know you as a potential client and most importantly, you get to know me. We will engage in conversations discussing what kind of birth you want as well as seeing if I am a good fit for your desired birth. This is the perfect chance to ask any questions or list any concerns.
You can either pay in full at the time of hire or sign up for payment plans. Stay on the look out for discounts and deals.
I provide services in the San Francisco/Bay Area.