BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

What is a Birth Doula?

 

A birth doula is someone who provides informational, emotional, and physical support to expecting women and their partners throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the immediate period after birth. Throughout your pregnancy, I support you by providing information on different options to discuss with your care provider, helping sort through emotions of pregnancy and any news you may receive. I  keep you focused and as comfortable as possible during labor and delivery, assist with newborn questions, and provide breastfeeding support.

What is the difference between
a Doula and a Midwife?

 

A midwife provides medical care to evaluate the health of the expecting woman, and the baby. Midwives provide things such as lab work, ultrasounds, cervical exams, and giving medical advice to ensure the best chance at a healthy pregnancy. A doula helps you know what questions to ask your providers to see what options are available to you during your pregnancy and delivery.

 

I provide pregnancy resources such as educational methods,  birthing techniques, and information to your partner so your partner can be an effective support person as well. I help you create your birth preferences, taking into account what your goals are. I can give recommendations on different things to do to help you have the delivery you want, such as chiropractors, childbirth and breastfeeding classes, psychologists, postpartum doulas, and prenatal fitness exercises. 

 

You likely see your midwife once a month, and then twice weekly and once weekly, but as your doula, I am available for you to text, email or call when you need. In the birth room, your midwife and nurse may be seeing multiple patients and will likely be in and out of the delivery room. As your doula, I am there throughout your labor helping you through nearly every contraction and keeping you as comfortable as possible (You can read about the evidence for continuous support in the blue box on this page). I also support your partner so that they are as comfortable as possible, fed, and can be as much of an active participant as they choose to be. I can be an active participant in your birth, or a bystander for "just in case" as well.

 

This is your birth, your way. I am here to help you find the path that you feel is right for you and your family. 

The Evidence for Doula Support

 

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*

  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*

  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*

  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*

*results with a professional doula were better than all the other types of continuous support that were studied. For the other outcomes, there was no difference between types of continuous support.

 

For more information on the evidence for doulas check out Evidence Based Birth!

Your
Birth Doula Package
Includes:
  • 2 Prenatal Appointments for full comprehensive support, including birth planning, educational resources, and comfort measures in birth

  • Constant access throughout pregnancy for questions & information 

  •  Access to Lending Library 

  •  On-Call services begin as soon as you sign a contract!

  •  Labor & Birth Support

  •  1-2 hours of support after delivery

  •  Breastfeeding Initiation 

  •  1 in-home check-up appointment 

  •  Long Term Breastfeeding Support 

  •  Continued access to Margaret for parenting support 

Meet My Doula Partner

How to Hire a Doula

  1. Contact me at the form below
  2. Schedule an in-person interview
  3. Complete your contract and place your deposit
  4. Now you have a doula!

Provide services for:

All area hospitals including St John Moross, Grosse Pointe Beaumont, Troy Beaumont, Royal Oak Beaumont and Karmanos Natural Birthing Center (KNBC), Southfield Providence and Alternative Birthing Center (ABC), University of Michigan (U of M), Henry Ford West Bloomfield, Henry Ford Main, Henry Ford Macomb
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