#5 Doulas are just birthing coaches, like my friend or partner.
SORT OF! A trained and educated birth best friend and partner to you and your entire family, allowing your partner to be free to fully engage in their birth experience with you. A doula’s specific role and responsibilities are written by you, and change with each individual birth. These include meetings during your pregnancy to help you determine your birth wishes, answer questions, and help you prepare for your baby's arrival. This also includes availability 24/7 for questions, concerns, and curiosities, and providing you with an abundance of resources and a network of professionals in your area. During labor, I provide trained emotional and physical supports for the family, helping to support you and your birth wishes, and can adapt quickly to the emerging needs of mama and baby. Once home, I can support you in establishing breastfeeding and support you with questions and concerns.