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"Lauren is wonderful! We were new parents and not sure when to go to the hospital, so Lauren came to the house in the morning, timed the contractions for us and told us when it was time to go. We got there at the right time. She was in the delivery room with us and eliminated all of my stress and worries by being there because she knew what I wanted and could communicate with the doctors and nurses when I really couldn’t. I knew I was in good hands, and I’m so thankful for her help."

-Gretchen G.

Doula Services

dou·la -noun   

  A doula is  trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during and shortly after childbirth to help the birthing family achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

  A doula enhances, not replaces, your experience with a primary care provider (doctor or midwife). A doula provides information, advocacy, comfort measures, and emotional support.  

Researchers have found that people with continuous doula support experience:

  • 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean

  • 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average

  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score

  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

     The Doula Program includes:

  • prenatal information as needed/requested

  • help gathering information to make informed decisions

  • assistance in developing a birth preference list (birth plan), if desired

  • at least two prenatal visits

  • on-call availability for labor support from 37-42 weeks gestation

  • guidance in navigating personal emotional growth through the pregnancy

  • continuous labor support in clients home and/or hospital

  • encouragement and support for partner/father

  • advocacy for client's preferences and wishes

  • 2 hours immediate postpartum support

  • help facilitating bonding and nursing

  • at least one postpartum home visit

To set up a free consultation to learn more about The Doula Program contact me here.