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 and partner, before, during and after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that there are many benefits to doulas attending births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. A new study done by the University of Minnesota says that they’ve even improved the number of premature births.*

What it really comes down to is this: It’s like having your very own tour guide. While I cannot predict how your labor will go, I can support you for it every step of the way, preparing you as much as possible. I will encourage you. Pregnancy can be hard. Labor can be hard. Newborns can be hard. I will support you. I will support your partner/family so that you can be supported by the one/those you need most. I can be the one to rub that one spot on your back so that your partner can be the one you lock eyes with. I can answer your questions honestly and without judgement. I will provide you with sound information, impartial information. I am there to support you, in any way that I can. Want to hear more words about how I’ve supported families? Check out these testimonials.

*see MPR article here

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