Richmond Doulas

Supporting you through this exicting time!

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.

Doula Support is Priceless

    Most doulas are willing to work with you to help afford the service, so always ask about payment options, and whether or not they offer a sliding scale fee.

"I think moms should find the doula that is right for them, because even experienced doulas are willing to work on a sliding scale if money is a concern," Megan explains. "If a new doula feels like a good fit for your personality, then they might be the best doula for you. I hate to see new doulas dismissed because a family thinks they can pay more, and I hate to see couples who want a doula go without because finances are tight."

    When it comes down to it, though, don't let money stand in the way of hiring the doula that fits you and your family best. Childbirth is a special time in your life, and a once in a lifetime experience for you and this newborn. Your baby, your health, and your memories and experience of the birth are worth the price.
*Doula support is priceless is taken from doula.com*

What  does a doula do ?

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 decision
  • 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

A Postpartum Doula 
  •  Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
 
Birth and Postpartum Doulas DO NOT:
  • diagnose medical conditions for the mother or the baby
  • perform medical procedures such as vaginal exams or monitoring heart rate of mom or baby
  • take over the care of the baby, but assist families in learning to care for the baby's needs
  • perform heavy housecleaning such as scrubbing floors or cleaning bathtubs
  • take the place of the father or partner