Research shows that having a doula at your birth:
- shortens the length of labor
- reduces Caesarean section rates
- reduces the need for medical assistance
- enhances the wellbeing of mothers and babies
- results in a positive experience with the labor and birth
- has a positive effect on breastfeeding

What Doulas Do:
- provide evidence-based information on common procedures   performed during childbirth
- are educated on the physical and physiological needs of a    laboring woman
- continuous emotional reassurance and comfort
- know and understand that there are cases where pain   
  medications or medical interventions are advised or  
  necessary
- help obtain the information needed to make informed 
  decisions
- inform the woman and her partner if there is a departure
  from the Birth Plan, and verify if this is the informed 
  decision
- provide ongoing support for the partner and family
- understand that the best partner can become overwhelmed
  and need a break; doulas allow this to happen without the
  partner feeling as if they are leaving the mother alone
- provide information on available community resources

Doulas Do Not:
- provide medical advice, diagnose, or offer second opinions
- replace the partner in supporting the mother during labor
- speak on behalf of the mother, partner or anyone in the
  support network to doctors or any other hospital staff
- make decisions for the mother

Birth doula services:

You are welcome to an introductory meeting to see if I am the right doula for you.

- 2 prenatal visits
- Birth plan assistance
- Information and education, as needed
- Unlimited e-mail and phone contact
- On-call 24/7 from 2 weeks prior to the estimated
  due date until birth

- Support in labor as soon as I am needed; either at
  home or hospital
- Constant support throughout labor and birth
- Assistance with initial breastfeeding
- Immediate postpartum support (usually 2 hours)

- One postpartum visit in the home to discuss the
  birth and answer any questions