“A trained non-medical person who assists a pregnant family before, during and after childbirth. Continuous support during labor has proven to result in healthier outcomes for parent and child”. Check out our “What is a doula?” page for more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Birth Doulas are professionally trained in labor support, experienced in childbirth and offer physical comfort, emotional support, encouragement and wisdom before, throughout, and after birth. Women have complex needs during childbirth. Women benefit from a Birth Doula’s continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement, and respect. Visit the Birth Doula Services page for more.
Numerous clinical studies reveal that when a Birth Doula is present during and after childbirth, women:
– Enjoy greater satisfaction with their birth experience
– Have shorter labors with fewer complications and less need for medical interventions to augment labor or assist delivery
– Are less likely to request pain medication in labor
– Have fewer cesarean births
– Reduce their risk of postpartum depression
Studies also show that babies born with Birth Doulas present tend to:
– Breastfeed more easily
– Have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries
– Have an easier time bonding with their mothers
Hodnett E, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003. Issue 3, Art. No. CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.interview
What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a family needs to best enjoy and care for their new baby. A large part of a postpartum doulas role is education. They share information about baby care and assist with breastfeeding education.
We have a wide range of experience attending births in hospitals, birth centers and home births. Additionally, we are experienced in VBAC, multiples, high risk, cesarean, medicated and natural birth.
We work with mothers and families of diverse backgrounds including:
– Couples (heterosexual and same sex)
– Single moms
– Families adopting or relinquishing their babies
– Families with premature or medically fragile babies
– Families experiencing loss
We serve Boulder County and surrounding areas, including Denver to Ft. Collins.
When should I hire a doula? Most clients hire a doula in their second trimester. Some hire shortly after they discover they are pregnant, while others choose to wait until the very last minute. We do our best to ensure every family who desires a doula finds a great fit, no matter when you hire your doula.
We recommend that you look over our Doula Page. Then please feel free to contact one or many of us regarding our availability. In your initial phone call or email, please tell us:
– Your due date
– Where you plan to birth
– Your prenatal care provider
– Your specific interest in having a Birth Doula
– Anything else you would like to share
Each Birth Assistants of Boulder Birth Doula who you contact will respond and let you know if she is available to work with you. From there, you can schedule an in-person interview. A list of questions to ask a Birth Doula can be found at: How to Hire a Doula.
Every birth is unique! At your birth, your Birth Doula anticipates and responds to you and your partner’s changing needs through the course of labor and birth. Your Birth Doula provides suggestions, guidance, and assistance in integrating a unique blend of comfort measures focused on your physical and emotional well-being.
These can include, but are not limited to:
– Helping create a positive, caring environment
– Providing verbal encouragement
– Suggesting and assisting with positions that support labor progress, conserve energy, and optimize baby’s position
– Assisting with a variety of physical comfort measures, including: breathing, guided imagery, music, touch and massage, acupressure, labor TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), hydrotherapy (jacuzzi bath and shower), warm and cold compresses, aromatherapy
– Ensuring that you are your partner are well nourished and hydrated
– Facilitating communication amongst the laboring woman, partner, family members, and medical staff
Please visit our individual websites (see the contact a doula page) or give us a call for more information on the fees and services for each of our doulas.
Our job is not to replace your loved ones, but to provide support which fits naturally into your relationship, so that your birth & postpartum time can be a positive experience for everyone. Some partners wish to be very hands-off, while others wish to be very hands-on – we love working with both and everything in between.
No. Birth Assistants of Boulder Birth Doulas can assist you in getting the information you need to make informed decisions before, during, and after birth. We help facilitate communication between you, your partner, and your medical care providers and support you in making decisions that are best for you and your family.
No. Birth Assistants of Boulder Birth Doulas focus on the physical comfort and emotional well-being of the mother and her partner – we do not replace the medical care of physicians, midwives, nurses, or other medical staff. We do not perform medical assessments such as blood pressure, temperature, pelvic examinations, fetal heart rate, or postpartum medical care.
In the rare event that your birth doula is unexpectedly unavailable, our group works with you to ensure that you have a birth doula available to support you.