Questions About Doula Services

What is a Doula?
ĎThe 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.' (DONA)

Why use a Doula?
Pregnancy is a dynamic time in a womanís life. There are complex needs during labor and Treasured Journey Doula Services can help you navigate whatever may come.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a Doula attended birth:
  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about oneís childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the motherís request for pain medication
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

What about the fatherís role when using a Doula?
A fatherís role during birth is never replaced by a Doula. Today, partners are taking an active role in labor but some may feel the huge expectation placed on them. With a Doula supporting a laboring family, not only is the mother provided with unlimited support from another caring individual, but the Father is also provided with support. Having a Doula allows the father to be able to support his partner emotionally during the labor and birth while also enjoying it himself without the pressure to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!

There is no one who knows their partner better than a father. With the unconditional support of Treasured Journey Doula Services, Dad can feel supported along with the laboring mother. Having a Doulas support creates the perfect support team for a expecting family.

What does your Doula Services provide?

Prenatal Visits:
I provide 2-3 in-home prenatal visits to discuss your options, desires, and help understand the best way to support you. During this time topics are depending on what your needs are but can include signs of labor, optimal fetal positioning, breathing techniques, Hypnobirthing techniques, and other useful tools you want to learn about to achieve the best birth for you!

Phone and Email Support:
From contract signing to your postpartum visits, Treasured Journey Doula Services offers phone and e-mail support. I am hear to listen to your hopes, fears and any questions that will arise throughout your pregnancy. I am here to support you!

Lending Library:
I provide a lending library available to my clients which includes books about pregnancy, labor, natural, vaginal and cesarean birthing, breastfeeding, postpartum care and newborns. In addition to books, I also have a variety of lending DVDs, Hypnobirthing Audio available too!

On-Call Support:
I will be on call 24 hours a day from 37 gestational weeks until the birth of your baby. Remember, absolutely everyone has questions Ė so donít be shy to call and ask!

Labor & Delivery:
Once youíre in labor, I will provide unlimited and unconditional emotional, informational and physical support for you. This includes drawing on my knowledge of optimal labor and delivery positions, hydrotherapy (laboring in water), breathing techniques and guided imagery is requested.

After Birth Care:
As part of Treasured Journey Doula Services, I will provide immediate support for you and your partner for 1-2 hours after birth. I can help establish breastfeeding and help you get comfortable while you bond with your newborn. This is so important and if birthing in a hospital, before leaving Iíll make sure youíre comfortably settled in your postpartum room.

Postpartum Visits:
This is 1-2 visits in your home to help answer any questions you have regarding your newborn and your changing postpartum body. Doula support does not end at birth!

What is your fee for Doula services?
Treasured Journey Doula Services listed above are $425 dollars. I require a $200 dollar retainer fee (non-refundable) which is due at contract signing. The remainder of the fee is due no later than the third visit or 38 weeks gestation.

I firmly believe that EVERY woman that wants a Doula deserves one and each situation varies. Please ask for a conditional fee based on your homes financial restraints.

Each and every family deserves a Doula!

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