Frequently Asked Questions
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why not use a family member or friend as a doula?
A friend or family member can certainly act as your birth support since they know you well.  However, some people are not completely comfortable with those people being present. Or some people want a more objective person present since births are so emotional for you, your partner, and your family and friends.  Also, birth doulas have extensive training in childbirth education, massage, acupressure, and positioning and are familiar with local birth facilities and care providers. In addition, I am specifically trained in assisting those using hypnosis for their births, regardless of method studied.

Why do I need a doula if I have my partner or husband with me at the birth?
A doula does not take the place of your partner or husband. In fact, a doula enhances that role by making sure that the partner is taken care of and encouraged, too. A doula can help make the birth experience positive for mothers and partners and help them to have a birth that they both find was satisfying. I have had so many birth partners express their satisfaction with having me there to take care of the "details" or things that they hadn't thought of so that they could relax and support their parter and enjoy the experience of the birth of their child.

What if I plan on getting an epidural?
Doulas are not only for people planning an unmedicated birth. They are for everyone. My goal is to help you achieve your goals for your birth experience, which may or may not include pain medication. I accept clients regardless of birth preferences (with the exception planned unassisted births). Cesarean births present unique challenges and those expecting cesarean birth may want doula support as well, (I offer a reduced fee schedule) , please contact me for more information