Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to many of your questions. If you don't see your question here, Please don't hesitate to contact me.
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    What is a Birth Doula?
    A birth doula provides emotional, physical, and educational support throughout pregnancy, during labor and birth, and postpartum.
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    What is a Postpartum Doula?
    A postpartum doula is a doula who cares for the mother in the weeks following birth. She provides emotional support by lending a listening ear to the new mom. She also helps with physical tasks that can be overwhelming after birth, such as meal prep and light housework.
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    What is the difference between a birth doula and a midwife?
    A birth doula offers non-medical support and her primary focus is the education, comfort and emotional well-being of the mom. A midwife's primary responsibility is medical. She is there to ensure the safety and health of both mom and baby.
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    What's the difference between a postpartum doula and a nanny?
    The primary role of the doula is to "mother the mother", which may include helping with housework or running errands, or it may look like letting her have a good cry and process the days following birth. A nanny will do those physical tasks, but her primary role is to care for the baby.
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    Does a birth doula take the place of my birth partner?
    Nope! Often times, the birth partner wants to help- but doesn't know how. A doula is there to guide the partner in how they can best support the laboring mother. She will also allow the partner bathroom, sleep and meal breaks without leaving the mother alone.
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    Can a postpartum doula help with feeding issues?
    Absolutely. Whether you're breast or bottle feeding- a postpartum doula can help with things like latch, breastfeeding positions, sore or cracked nipples, pace-bottle feeding, identifying the right kind of bottle for your baby, and helping with gas related issues common in newborns.
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    Why are birth doulas so expensive?
    Doulas spend many hours prenatally preparing you for labor and birth, as well being on-call (24/7) from 37-42 weeks, and providing CONTINUOUS support through labor and birth (anywhere from 3 hours to 3 DAYS). Averaging between $4-$12/hour, depending on fee.
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    Can a postpartum doula help with infant sleep issues?
    Yes! I know first hand that sleep can be hard to come by in the weeks following birth. The kind of support I offer for sleep related issues includes techniques to help with baby's sleep patterns and caring for the baby while parents sleep.
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    Can a birth doula support a cesarean birth?
    The bulk of a doula's support for a cesarean birth is prior to the birth and postpartum. Prior to birth, a birth doula will help you develop your cesarean birth plan, making sure you know ALL of your options. She will also help with recovery and physical support after birth.
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    What does "doula" mean?
    Doula comes from a Greek word that means “a woman who serves” or “handmaiden".