As a professional birth doula, I do
- provide emotional, physical, and informational support to women and their families during before, during, and just after childbirth
- use non-medical skills and tools for comfort during labor
- facilitate communication between clients and their care providers
- work with both partners as a team to create a positive birth experience
- provide continuous support
As a professional birth doula, I do not
- perform medical or clinical tasks
- make decisions for my clients
- speak on your behalf to care providers
- judge the choices you make
So many times, when I talk about what I do, someone says, "That sounds great! Do I have to be pregnant to have a doula?"
or, "Wow, I could have used a doula for myself while my husband was in surgery!"
or, "Can I just have you come to my house and take care of me for a bit?".
To that, my answer is that no, you do not have to be pregnant to have a doula. I would be happy to hold your hand while you wait for your husband to come out of surgery.
Yes, I will go with you to your doctor's appointment.
Yes, I will help you through any bad day or event for which you want some extra support.
I will listen to all your concerns. I will support you without judgment. I am a safe space.
And yes, I will come to your house and take care of you and pamper you. I will run a bath for you. Rub your feet. Encourage you to nap. Make you a snack.
Everyone deserves a day off.