Why would I hire a doula?
Any reason to want a doula beside you is a good reason. It’s your childbirth experience, you should have the support you want.
How did you become a doula?
I certified through Birthingway College of Midwifery in SE Portland. I chose this route because reading, classroom time, and hands-on experience are how I learn best.
What do doulas do, exactly?
Doulas are nonmedical support professionals. A doula’s role is to help you through a certain aspect of your childbearing year – whether it’s labor support or postpartum support. We are trained to provide both physical and emotional comfort measures. We are also intended to be a non-biased, fact-based resource at a time of your life when everything is changing.
Here’s an example of some things I do in the delivery room: arranging pillows, suggesting position changes, making sure the person in labor is drinking enough water, applying chapstick, fetching snacks, breathing through contractions, tapping partner out so they can eat or nap or pee, corresponding with excited, expectant family members, applying cold or warm compresses, running a bath, dimming the lights, DJing, adjusting the hospital bed, and/or sitting still and letting the parents work together on their own.
Are there different kinds of doulas?
When should I hire a doula?
What kind of doula are you?
I am a labor doula. I currently work with Providence Women’s Clinic, serving their patients. I can meet patients ahead of time through group or I can meet them on their birthing day.
When working privately, I offer my clients two prenatal visits in their home, continuous labor support, and two postpartum visits. The prenatal visits are for us to get to know one another, talk about your birth preferences, and for me to learn how I can best help you on the day of your baby’s birth. The postpartum visits are intended to help you adjust to life with a new baby!