What is a doula?
A birth doula is a childbirth support person or a “labor coach” who partners with the birthing mother during her childbirth experience. “Doula” is a Greek word meaning “a female bondservant”, and serving is exactly what a doula is! We are trained to provide mothers with physical and emotional assistance during their labor and birth, as well as education and information before their labor.
Research shows that a doula’s presence helps produce shorter, easier labors and healthier outcomes for both mother and baby! Even ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends the use of a doula to help avoid primary c-sections; you can read their March 2014 publication here. We encourage you to look at our “Birth Doula Research” page to read more for yourself!
Your Mama’s Friend doula can serve you by . . .
- Coaching your relaxation and breathing
- Suggesting different labor positions to increase comfort and speed labor’s progress.
- Offering massage, effleurage, acupressure, and hot/cold therapy
- Performing sacral counter-pressure or the double hip squeeze during contractions
- Providing evidence-based information on the risks and benefits of common hospital procedures.
- Reminding you of your options and your original intentions for this birth.
Click here to read our standard client intake form and service contract for a better idea of what we do and don’t do.
“I need a labor doula! Any of you have any recommendations?” Oh, do we ever!