I would love to serve you as your Doula for your pregnancy and birth. Please continue reading for more information on what a Doula is and what their role in the birth room may be!
Are you unsure of what a doula is and if having one present for your labor and birth is right for you? Let's get talking! ...
What is a Doula?
Doula (doola) comes from the Greek word meaning “woman who serves”. Labor support is incredibly comforting, encouraging & empowering all at the same time. Because labor is emotionally & physically demanding, it’s super valuable to have one person whose sole job is to attend to you and your partner’s needs. Doulas are individuals who are hired by families looking to have additional support during their pregnancy and birth. Doulas are there to support the mama in labor emotionally, physically, and with information. We are not there to act as your doctor or midwife as we do not make any medical decisions or do any medical procedures. Nor do we "replace" the very important role that the dads/ partners play in your labor support. Doulas give prenatal support and continuous labor support. Having the sort of support that doulas are able to give has been shown to reduce the rates of interventions (including cesareans) and improve satisfaction rates.
What are some of the benefits of hiring a Doula?
• Shorter labor.
• Fewer complications/interventions:
- Cesarean rates reduced 50%.
- Less use of episiotomies.
- Less need for medications to speed labor by 40%.
- Less need for forceps/vacuum extractor by 40%.
- Fewer requests for pain medications and epidurals by 60%.
• Increased confidence in self and in partner/ coach.
• Higher success rate in breastfeeding.
• Increased satisfaction with birth experience.
• Mother views baby more positively.
• Continuity in care: prenatal, labor, birth and immediate postpartum.
• Lowers anxiety /stress levels.
• Less likely to have postpartum depression.
• Babies have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries.
Want to learn more?
Please contact me to see if we can meet for a coffee or tea to further talk about the role of a doula as well as the other birth services that I have to offer. You can also check out books from my lending library to further your reading and understanding. In my links section I have a wide variety of information available to you as well!
What others are saying about Elyse:
"Elyse was my Doula for the home birth of my second child. She was a great support both mentally, speaking English to me when everyone else was German and physically, giving back rubs and holding me up through contractions. She was an amazing woman to have during the birth as she was so relaxed and knew what to say to make me feel empowered."- Racine
"Elyse is a wonderful Doula that helped us and supported us during my almost 3 day labor. She gave me great advice along the way as well as helping me relax and encouraging me to continue with the breathing exercises. Unfortunately, in the end I had a C section birth, but especially for me, since my family couldn't be there, she was really a great help for my husband and me. I will always be grateful for her kind character and all the support she gave us. I strongly recommend Elyse as a Doula. She really made me feel supported throughout the birth as well as after." -Katerina