What is a Doola? (Dola? Dula? Doula?)
We often hear this question.
"A doula? What is that exactly?"
The short answer that's often given is something along the lines of this:
"a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born."
While that may be what a doula IS, that barely scratches the surface of what a doula does.
A doula is support.
A doula is a resource.
A doula is a helper.
A doula is a guide.
Sometimes childbirth and parenting can be nerve-shaking. Sometimes it can be downright scary! How would it feel to know you had a reassuring expert on speed dial? Someone you could call with questions and be met with honest, unbiased answers based on your opinion and not their own? Imagine a friend who had no opinion on your birth or parenting plan. Who just wants to see you succeed in your own way.
That's a doula.
Unbiased, even-keeled, focused on you and your family exclusively. That's a doula.
We're trained in normal and able to reassure you and your family that everything is fine. We know birth intimately. We know safety standards frontwards and back.
Vaginal births, cesarean births, spontaneous labor, induced labor, epidurals, twins, first-time moms, experienced moms, common newborn procedures, circumcision, breastfeeding, baby sleep...we're familiar with all of these and more.
A doula is an invaluable and irreplaceable part of YOUR team. We're in your corner, on your side and there when you need us.