By: Stacey Avila
Are you feeling anxious about your pregnancy or birth experience?
We know a Birth Center birth is not for everyone. Women make decisions based on what is best for them and their families when it comes to their birth experience. This is why, at The Birth Center, we believe in choice. We open up horizons to support women wherever they are on their birth journey, whether giving birth in a hospital setting or at The Birth Center, doulas give you the opportunity to create a stress free Birth Center experience from labor through postpartum.
What is a Doula ?
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
What are the Benefits of Having a Doula ?
Studies show women have a decreased risk of cesarean section, shorter labors, less use of epidurals, less use of Pitocin, and increased birth satisfaction, with a doula. Doulas guarantee one on one support during labor and through postpartum. For moms planning to deliver at TBC, this includes transfer support if needed.
But I have a midwife!
Doulas and midwives work as a team to support you emotionally and physically. The doula is able to completely focus on supporting you even at times when the midwife is focusing on other tasks related to you and your baby’s clinical well-being.
Prenatal Visit(s) and Support
When you meet your doula you will address individual questions, concerns, preferences and create a birth plan. You can also reach out to your doula throughout your pregnancy.
Labor and Delivery Doula Services
Doulas are on call and ready to support a mama in labor 24/7. The doula will be with you throughout your labor, delivery, and two hours postpartum.
Clients will also receive a postpartum visit from a doula about 5 days after delivery. You will have the chance to talk to the doulas about your birth, sleep, feeding, and any other questions, concerns, or worries.
The Birth Center Program
When you sign up with our program, you have the option of choosing one designated doula or participating in our group (shared call schedule) program. You can interview doulas and select a doula of your choice if you choose the private doula option.