A doula is professionally trained to provide emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
While you can take a childbirth education class at any point during your pregnancy, most couples chose to take a class at some point in their third trimester. We recommend the class finishing by the time you are 36 weeks pregnant. These classes will be tailored to your needs. Whether this is your first time experiencing pregnancy and need a full, thorough class, or if you need a refresher, we can help. We also provide classes to update Grandparents on some of the newer pregnancy and birthing practices and we have Partner classes to help ease concerns about taking care of and supporting mom and baby.
Yes! Single mothers, surrogates, LGBT families, and couples of all genders welcome! We are inclusive.
Doulas are trained to support expectant parents in their choices for their birth, whatever they may be. Should you choose to use an epidural during your birth, or have a c section, your doula will still play an incredibly valuable role. She will help you at home while you are in labor, help you get to the hospital, support you physically and emotionally until the anesthesiologist becomes available, help you manage any side effects of the medication, suggest the positions that will best help facilitate birth in conjunction with an epidural, help you push your baby out with encouragement and position suggestions and help with initial breastfeeding. Your doula will maintain her role as your advocate and help you seek any information you need during the process.