The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A birth doula package includes:
- Two prenatal visits to get to know you and your partner and help you come up with a birth plan.
- 24/7 availability for two weeks prior to and after the estimated due date (38 weeks to 42 weeks).
- Continuous support during active labor, at home and in the hospital, until approximately two hours after childbirth. (Longer if necessary.)
- One postpartum visit at the hospital and one at home.
- Contact through phone and e-mail throughout pregnancy for questions and support.