"Jessica was an awesome support for me and my husband during the pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum weeks of our first child. The labor was long (42 hours) with unexpected complications and Jessica was with us through everything with care, knowledge/skill, understanding and support. Despite the fact that the labor and delivery did not go as we had hoped and planned, we have fond and positive memories of the experience, and much credit can go to Jessica" - S.A.
What is a Doula?
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
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Why Use a Doula? Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at a birth:
Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction, and cesareans
Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
Feel more secure and cared for
Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
Have greater success with breastfeeding
Have greater self-confidence
Have less postpartum depression
Have lower incidence of abuse
Birth Doula Package - $800
Free initial consultation 2-3 prenatal visits (including 1 with your OB or midwife if you like) Assistance with writing your birth plan Assistance with writing your postpartum plan Access to our lending library with books on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and more 24-hour phone support from 36 weeks until birth Continuous support during labor and delivery Assistance with breastfeeding 1-2 postpartum visits within the first six weeks after birth
Mama's Grace Birth Services accepts HSA funds for payment. We are also willing to work with you to set-up a payment plan if necessary.