Meet Our Birth Doulas
Birth Doulas are trained childbirth professionals
who provide non-medical assistance to pregnant women and their families in preparation for labor, childbirth and parenting…
This can include identifying birth goals and strategies, providing additional education and resources, and hands-on emotional and physical support. Everyone has a right to evidence-based information and informed consent during the labor and birth process. Access to a full range of birthing options and choices is very important to birthing families. House of Doula members offer evidence-based information to assist these families in making informed decisions. They agree to honor the choices and support their clients in the decisions they make for their birth experience.
Doulas do not offer medical advice
or perform medical or clinical procedures, or make medical decisions for their clients. Labor and childbirth is the first parenting experience that many couples have to face together. A birth doula is the personalized support person, coach, and guide in the birth process. Doulas do not replace the partner or family during childbirth. Instead, they support parents in communicating their needs and fears about childbirth, assist the family in defining their birth preferences, and share how they can best support them in achieving an empowering birth together.
Birth Doulas are with their clients continuously from the beginning of labor as requested (in the home too) through the entire labor and birth process and up to 2 hours after to help establish good breastfeeding practices if that is desired. At least one in-home visit after the birth is included as well. There is always a backup doula to relieve if births go over 24 hours or the doula is not immediately available. There is no charge for the backup service. All House of Doula members offer their Birth Doula services as a package with an all-inclusive price that ranges from $600 to $1200 depending on experience and training. There is never an hourly rate charged for Birth Doula Services or for the interview process.
Having a Birth Doula Has Proven To:
- Reduce cesarean rates by 50%
- Reduce the length of labor by 25%
- Reduce the use of Pitocin by 40%
- Reduce the need for pain medication by 30%
- Reduce the requests for epidural pain management by 60 %
- Increase parents’ self-image
- Increase satisfaction in the overall birth experience
- Improve the relationship between couple
- (Information provided by Mothering the Mother, Klaus, Klaus, and Kennel)
Sibling Labor Support
Many families find that older siblings who are included in the birth process of their younger siblings, experience increased bonding and decreased instances of sibling rivalry.
Sibling labor support includes preparing the older sibling(s) for the birth, providing physical and emotional care for the sibling(s) during the birth, and guiding the child during the birth experience by explaining the process and answering questions in a way that is age appropriate and makes sense to the child and is supportive to the growing family.