Birth Doula Services

A labor doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.  Birth can be a pivitol moment in a woman's life and I do not take lightly the priveledge of being asked to come along side the journey or birth.  Because of this, building relationship of trust and communication is an intentional aspect of the support a Doula should provide.  

Why Hire a Doula?

Why Hire a Doula?

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. 50% Reduction in Cesarean Births 25% Shorter Labors 60% Less Epidural Requests 40% Reduction of Pitocin Use 30% Less Requests for Pain Releif 40% Reduction in Forceps Deliveries

Birth Doula Support Includes

Birth Doula Support Includes

1 early prenatal appointment after I am hired to discuss specific goals for your birth 2 prenatal appointments at your home. I will go on call for you birth and be available 24 hours 2 weeks prior to your EDD and 2 weeks post EDD. I will come to you at your home as soon as needed and follow you to where you are birthing (see Place of birth for specifics) 1 follow-up postpartum visit to discuss the birth and any questions that you may have A time-line of the birth for your records

Prenatal Support

Prenatal Support

Review of labor progression Labor comfort measures Developing a Birth plan/Baby plan Dialoging with birth team members regarding Client choices for birth Discussion regarding procedures and the rights of the Childbearing Woman As a non-medical childbirth professional, I do not give medical advice or treatment. I provide research for the client to make their own decisions with regard to their medical care and encourage dialog with their personal health care professional.

Place of Birth:

Place of Birth:

I am able to support any place you choose to give birth whether home, hospital or birth center. I will come to your home, labor with you, follow you to the delivery location and stay with you until at least 2 hours after the birth or until you feel comfortable with my leaving. If requested, I can meet you back home to help you get re-settled with baby. For Clients choosing to birth at home. I am able to come to your home as soon as you need me as will stay until you feel comfortable

What a Doula is Not.

What a Doula is Not.

As a Doula, I WILL NOT perform any medical/clinical tasks, or interfere with the actions or dialog between you and your care-provider.

Dads and Doulas

Dads and Doulas

A birth doula helps a father experience this special time with confidence. When it comes to pregnancy, birth and parenting, today's father wants to share everything with his partner. He wants to be actively involved; ease his partner's labor pain, welcome his baby at the moment of birth and help care for his newborn at home. With her partner and a doula at birth a mother can have the best of both worlds: her partner's loving care and attention and the doula's expertise and guidance in childbirth

"She laughed with us, made us rest when we could, and never once made us feel like she wasn't present in the moment. And when I pushed my daughter out, she was at the other end of her rebozo I was holding on to for traction, and I will forever remember and be grateful it was her and not someone else. We love you Molly."
- Susan

A doula is like a trail guide, familiar with the path, she keeps you hiking through the hard parts, knowing the view at the end is incredible.

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Tel: 704-517-5848

 

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Serving the Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Roseburg and surrounding areas of Oregon

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