Jessica Davis
Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula

A birth doula is defined by DONA International as "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible."

How can a birth doula benefit your pregnancy?

The role of a birth doula is to provide non-medicalized support to a woman and her family during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Having gone through pregnancy myself, I was astounded by how much information is out there that is never touched on by mainstream obstetric care! While a doula is no replacement for your OB-GYN, your pregnancy can be greatly enhanced by including a birth doula in your care team.

The standard medical model of care views childbirth as an event with many potential dangers. At any given point in time, your nurses are prepared to respond to complications or emergencies. It is, of course, preferrable to have a safety net when it comes to the health of you and your newborn; however, standard hospital care is simply not equipped to ensure you receive a personalized, naturally-minded, emotionally satisfying experience. By hiring a birth doula, you are:

  • Giving yourself the opportunity to learn more about your own body and its capabilities,
  • Receiving one on one care from a professional dedicated to YOU,
  • Creating the opportunity to discuss the emotional aspects of your experience and heal from any previous childbirth traumas,
  • Creating health and maximizing potential for a natural birth, and
  • Taking an active role in your medical care, understanding better what interventions you are receiving from your birth team, and giving informed consent to these interventions.

All clients will receive a minimum of three prenatal and three postpartum visits, in addition to being present for your childbirth. Clients can take advantage of as many as one visit per month during pregnancy and up to three visits during the first six months postpartum, with additional visits for an extra fee. The level of care you receive will be determined during our initial interviews, as well as which add-on services you may desire.


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