Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Doula?
A Doula is a companion who supports a person during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum phase. Doulas are trained to provide continuous, one-on-one support. That comes in the form of information, physical support, and emotional support to a birthing person and their partner.
Doulas are not medical professionals and wont perform tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring. I will never speak for you, make decisions on your behalf, or pressure you to do something because it aligns with my views. This is your baby and your birth. My role is to nurture and serve, no matter the choices you decide to make.
What is the evidence for a Doula supported birth?
Research shows that if a Mother has continuous support during labor, her and her baby are statistically more likely to have better outcomes.
39% decrease in the risk of cesarean
15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of any pain medication
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with their birth experience
There is no evidence for negative consequences to continuous labor support.
For more information about doulas visit www.evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas
What if I have support from my Partner? Do I still need a Doula?
Doulas do not replace the love and support you receive from your Partner. In fact, I am here to encourage and support them because they need it too! We will work together so that your needs are always being met without interruption, whatever that may look like.
What types of births do you support?
I am happy to support any kind of birth. In a hospital, at home, in a tub or on a bed, I am passionate about your right to choose. I will help you understand the risks and benefits of all the decisions you get to make.
What Hospitals/Birth Centers do you serve?
I currently serve any birth location within a 2-hour radius from my home in Midvale, Utah.
Do you offer over-night postpartum care?
At this time I do not offer over-night postpartum care. Postpartum visits must be scheduled in advance within the first two weeks of birth and during business hours.
Do you offer discounts to families?
Active duty military families and IVF pregnancies may receive a 15% discount off any birth support package.
What is your availability like?
I tend to work with 2-3 expecting families each month. Due dates are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.