Would you like a doula?
A birth doula is a trained labor attendant that provides physical, emotional and informational support before, during, and just after birth.
Two Leaves Midwifery provides doulas to our clients at no additional charge.
A doula is a type of labor coach. They might provide massage, counter-pressure, or suggest other positions and coping techniques to encourage you and help you stay focused.
Understand the physiology of birth as a natural event and your needs as a laboring mother
Assist in carrying out your plans for birth
Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint
Provide information to help you make informed decisions
Facilitate communication between the members of your birth team
Allow your partner to participate in the birth their comfort level
Provided doulas are in training and are not employed by Two Leaves Midwifery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is a doula the same as a midwife?
No. A midwife is a medical care provider whose primary focus is the health and safety of you and your baby.
A doula is a non-medical member of your birth team that provides you and your partner with physical and emotional assistance.
Does a doula replace my partner?
No. Your partner is your most important support person. A doula's role is to help your partner support you more effectively. If you do not have a partner, a doula can provide extra support as a partner might.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
Studies have shown that doula-attended births are shorter with fewer interventions and complications, with less need for anesthesia and greater reported overall satisfaction.