Why hire a doula? This is a question I’ve heard asked many times. There are many answers depending on who you ask. I’m going to focus on the evidence-based answers first. According to the 2012 Cochrane Review birthing people who received continuous labor support were:
- more likely to give birth spontaneously
- less likely to give birth via Cesarean Section
- less likely to need interventions like forceps or vacuum
- less likely to use pain meds
- more likely to be satisfied with their birth experience
- had shorter labors
In addition to these demonstrable benefits, there are also several other possible pluses to doula services that we can discuss.
There are a variety of types of doulas including (but not to limited) birth doulas, postpartum doulas, fertility doulas, and infant loss/stillbirth doulas. I am a doula who offers all those options. I personally offer virtual services in addition to in-person services. The advantage of this is support on-demand, all you need is access to your phone and you have the support of an experienced and trained doula. Doulas don’t just benefit the birthing person they also help support your birthing partner and family. I offer help to partners in how they can best support their birthing partner during pregnancy, birth and during the postpartum period. I also offer education on how to prepare older siblings for the new baby’s arrival.
I offer classes as well. These are still being ironed out but will be available soon and will cover a range of topics including pregnancy, birth, baby care, home birth, breastfeeding, postpartum meal prep and a few other subjects (feel free to email me with any ideas you might have). The postpartum period can be very bewildering and having someone to lean on during this time can be a huge help.
Wondering if baby is eating enough? Worried about your mood? Give me a ring and let’s chat. I have an extensive education and can point you in the right direction. Even if all you need is someone to cry to about how happy/sad/tired etc. you are I am here, doulas do that too. I personally specialize in doula support for teen parents, LGBTQ parents and sex worker parents. I offer low-cost services to folks in these groups (and to low-income folks) based on your abilities and I will work with any budget. Hiring a doula can be helpful regardless of the type of birth you want.
What kind of birthing person hires a doula?
- one who’s giving birth at home
- one who’s giving birth at a birthing center
- one who’s giving birth in the hospital
- one who wants no interventions
- one who wants pain meds
- one who’s having a VBAC
- one who’s having a HBAC
- one who’s having an emergency c section
- one who’s having an elective c section
- one who plans to nurse
- one who plans to bottle feed
- one who has a supportive partner
- one who is single
I could keep going but I think you get the point: ALL birthing people can benefit from doula services. The cost of a doula might be a concern for you, but don’t fret, there is a huge range in price and cost of services. As I mentioned I offer discounts and low-cost services for marginalized groups and low-income individuals. When I started this company my goal was to never turn someone away because of their financial status. If you’ve read my other posts about my experience as a teen mom you’d know that I know just how important support, education, and advocacy is. The lack of support contributes to birth trauma and infant/maternal mortality.
The more we can normalize hiring a doula and make available birth workers to all types of birthing people the better we can manage these issues. To wrap things up neatly, hiring a doula has evidence-based benefits and can help offer you emotional support. Doulas are for everyone and you don’t have to be a well off parent to hire one. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me about any questions you have about my services or about doulas in general. I’m happy to help!
Amber Ginn IBCLC, IYCFS, CD