BABS

Birth and Baby Services

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Birth Doula

Women have been helping women through the birthing process for centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process. A birth doula is 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. Countless scientific trials examining birth doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. A birth doula has a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.


A birth doula...

  • recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
  • understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a women in labor
  • assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth
  • stays by the side of the laboring women throughout the entire labor
  • provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the women in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
  • facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers
  • perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience
  • never replaces the spouse/partner, rather supports everyone who is supporting the mother
  • does not provide medical care or medical advice



What do Birth Doula's Offer?

Physical Support

Position ideas for comfort and labor progression cross over with hands-on comfort measures like comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques and other “doula magic” for families. A birth doula uses skilled hands and positioning tools that can help a baby find its way through the pelvis and into the birthing parent’s arms.


Emotional Support

A birth doula helps families feel supported, easing the emotional experience of birth and also helping to create a space where the hormones of labor can work their best. Whether a birth is completely un-medicated or medically very complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this tender, incredible time in their lives.

Partner Support

Whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member like the baby’s grandma, the birth partner’s experience matters in birth. A birth doula is there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.


Evidence-Based Information and Advocacy

A birth doula is trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. A birth doula serves as a bridge of communication between women and their providers, lifting them up to help them find their voices and advocate for the very best care.

Having a Birth Doula can lead to the following

  • 25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean
  • 8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
  • Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with their birth experience
  • 60% reduction is requests for epidurals
  • 40% reduction in the use of any induction medication
  • 40% decrease in the use of forceps or vacuum assisted delivery

Hodnett et al. (2017) “Continuous support for women during childbirth.” Cochrane database of systematic reviews: CD003766

Birth Doula Service includes

  • nurture the expectant mother
  • learn about desires, wishes and needs for labor and birth (both mom and partner)
  • discuss chosen birth method
  • discuss birth expectations
  • emotional support
  • physical support 
  • informational support
  • partner support
  • discuss or help formulate a birth plan
  • massage techniques to use during labor 
  • movement techniques to use during labor 
  • position techniques to use during labor
  • birthing environment desired
  • open communication
  • prenatal visits 
  • breastfeeding guidance (if desired)
  • Postnatal visit
  • access by phone or text as needed