Birth Services

Joyce Kimball, CPM

Birth Doula Services

What Is a Doula?

laurie jeff_and_eli_and_meA doula is a supportive companion experienced in childbirth and professionally trained to provide childbirth labor support. A doula provides continuous physical, emotional, informational and advocacy support to a woman during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period.

Victor and_Joyce_and_Tom_and_AlexisEleven studies showed the following effects of doula support:

  • Labors are shorter.
  • There are fewer complications.
  • Cesarean rates are reduced.
  • There is less need for oxytocin to speed up labor.
  • Use of forceps is reduced.
  • Women request less pain medication and epidurals.
  • Mothers have greater satisfaction with childbirth.
  • Moms experience less postpartum depression.
  • Babies have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries.
  • Babies breastfeed more easily.

As a doula, I meet with you and your partner to discuss your wishes and concerns for this birth and review your history. I help you formulate a birth preferences list and I work cooperatively within your birth team to help realize your goals. I typically meet with you and your partner two times before the birth. I then provide continuous support throughout the labor, birth and immediate postpartum period and meet with you at least one time after the baby is born.

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