What is a doula and what do they do?

A doula is a trained professional who provides continual emotional and physical support to laboring women and their partners.  Doulas also support families throughout the duration of the pregnancy and immediately following the birth.  The birth of a baby has a long-lasting and profound effect on a woman, completely altering the course of their life.  A doula provides families with the resources needed to make informed choices about their perinatal care in a non-judgemental and compassionate way.

Can I have a doula with a planned cesarean birth?

Yes! A doula will support you regardless of your birth experience.  Doulas are trained to support women in a variety of birthing positions and outcomes. During a cesarean birth, a doula is available to help women get the answers they need.  They are also present for emotional support as well as for explaining the procedure, just as they would a vaginal birth. Chelsey supports all women, regardless of their birthing preferences and needs.

What are the benefits of having a doula?

The benefits of having a doula leading up to and through the birthing process are innumerable! Research suggests that women who labored without continuous support had longer labors and were less likely to have a “spontaneous birth”.  (*site source).

What happens after the birth?

After the birth, Chelsey stays with you until you feel settled into the first stages of recovering from childbirth, breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding as well as bonding with your baby.

Can a doula guide me through creating a birth plan?

Yes, creating a birth plan is a good way to remind your health care providers of your intentions and wishes for your birth.  Chelsey is available to parse through all of your options so you can decide, alongside your provider, what is best and safest for you and your growing family.

What’s next?

Let’s chat! If you have questions, or you have read something interesting to you, call or email to schedule a no strings attached meeting with Chelsey to see if you click!

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