WHAT IS A LABOR DOULA?
A Labor Doula is an experienced professional who is trained and educated in the labor and delivery process. She is not a medical provider, but she is experienced in childbirth and educated with up to date information on evidence-based practices.
A Labor Doula meets with you during your pregnancy to discuss your health, your hopes and fears. She will advocate for your choices and desires and will be there for you to inspire confidence about your labor and birth. She knows common policies and procedures with local hospitals and home birth providers so she can help you prepare for the kind of birth you want.
She also provides physical and emotional comfort during labor, with techniques such as nurturing touch and relaxation methods to decrease labor pain, relieve anxiety, and increase emotional bonding. She does not replace the role of the father, birth partner or other family, but rather empowers them to be a source of support for the mother. A Labor Doula caters her services to the individual needs of that family. Once your Labor Doula is called to support you during your birth, she does not leave until after you've had your baby.*
She is also trained to help you with breastfeeding. After your birth, she will typically stay an hour or two to help start breastfeeding and help the new family settle in. Once you are home from the hospital, or a few days following your birth, she'll see you at home to make sure you are doing well. She can offer troubleshooting advice and make referrals if you need extra assistance.
*Exceptions are made during a long induction, or during procedures when the medical staff will not allow the Doula to be present.
A WRM Certified Labor Doula goes through a background check, screening, intensive training and mentoring process to help ensure you receive safe, quality care. To be certified, Doulas must attend a minimum of 12 births.
Our Doulas are required to be current in Infant/Adult CPR & Neonatal Resuscitation, PMAD Training, Community Health Care Worker Training, Child Growth Assessments and WHO Foundation Midwife Training. They have also attended a reputable Doula training workshop.
With over 10 years of experience, we specialize in women over 40, VBAC, high risk pregnancy, families conceiving with IVF, homebirth, hospital birth, LGBTQ, adoption, multiples, single parents, waterbirth, cesarean birth, plus size women, rainbow babies and postpartum depression.
One of the perks of being in business as long as we have is our extensive referral system. Our Doulas can help you find resources for anything from breastfeeding, to photographers or knowing how to find a good Care Provider.
ESSENTIAL BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE
1 Primary Labor Doula + 1 Backup Doula
2 Prenatal Visits, One visit may last up to 2 hours.
Each Doula provides one visit, so you can get to know both Doulas on your team.
All Fitness Classes at WRM
24 hr on-call availability during your due date range
Guaranteed Backup Doula Service
Prenatal and Early Labor Phone Support
Physical and Emotional Support during active labor and childbirth, continuing into the immediate postpartum period (usually 2 hours after birth) to assist with breastfeeding.
1 Postpartum Phone Check-in at 24-48 hours
1 Home Postpartum Visit within 3-10 days postpartum
Available for phone consultations up to 6 weeks postpartum
Extensive Referral Services
The ability to extend your Labor Doula relationship into Postpartum Doula Care.
Price: Starts at $900, payment plans and scholarships available
WHAT IS A POSTPARTUM DOULA?
Postpartum Doulas are amazing helpers during your transition into parenthood. They can provide your family with practical, informational and emotional support.
The practical work includes things like helping the family meal prep and get one-handed snacks ready for nighttime feedings. It can entail light house cleaning and spending time with a sibling so the baby and parents can nap. Another important piece of this is also discussing with the family what things will look like once the postpartum doula is no longer there (who will cook, grocery shop, etc). The idea is for the family to feel empowered once that postpartum doula leaves.
In regards to information, postpartum doulas are knowledgeable about newborn and infant care. We provide information on diaper changes, feeding including light breastfeeding support, bathing, and other needs your baby may have. We also provide resources as needed. For instance, if a mother is experiencing mental health concerns, a postpartum doula will provide them with a list of local referrals who work counsel on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
The emotional support of a doula includes allowing the person who gave birth time to tell their birth story, sitting with them when they feel overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, and knowing when to provide additional resources for support as needed.