What is a Doula?
The Greek word, doula, means a woman who serves women. In our culture, this word refers to a professional who has been trained to help the woman (and her partner) during pregnancy, labor, and deliver with emotional, physical, and informational support.
She meets with the mother and partner prior to labor and delivery in order to understand what the mother wants. She will help them prepare a birth plan according to their desires.
While she does not do anything medically, no vaginal exams, and does not deliver the baby, etc., she does have an understanding and can take the mystery out of what “this and that” means. It is the doula’s goal to help empower the mother and the partner by giving them the tools (knowledge, informed consent, etc.) and the support system to have her baby confidently with the belief that she was wonderfully made and has what it takes to do this!
Why Use a Doula?
Just a few of the benefits of having a trained Doula:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
(How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth - Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).)
Why Pay for a Doula?
This is a very valid question. Bottom line, the partner, while he may be very informed, often forgets what he learned in the childbirth education classes when the moment comes, and could use a little guidance on comfort measures or change in positions, or just take time for eating, shut eye and his own elimination projects, etc. Deep down inside he is very glad that someone else is in the room with him because, well, a woman is soooo other, so different! A doula understands that the dad will want to be on the top of his game when that baby comes. She affords him the possibility of rest. The doula brings a calming, confident presence, a belief that women are strong and have the power to do this. A mother, sister, or friend will bring her experience with her, which isn’t always something the laboring mother wants to hear. When interventions are being suggested (and believe me, it happens ) the doula is there to inform you of the pros and cons, so that you make your decisions in confidence with informed consent.
Why Do I Doula?
I have been lay doula-ing for 17 years. I have had many loved ones and TKM® clients ask me to attend their births in order to do TKM® on the mother while in labor. This was something that I simply loved to do. TKM® helped so much in all of these labors. Then I attended a birth with a doula as well! I was inspired. I realized that I had been doing this all along but getting the doula training would be incredibly helpful to my already very helpful TKM® skills. I decided to train with CAPPA as a labor doula and childbirth educator. I LOVE BEING A CAPPA DOULA!
Basic Labor Doula Service Fee: $550
Childbirth Couple’s Educational Classes (series of 5 classes): $150
In Touch, LLC. has integrated the practice of TKM® with Doula Services to create a unique and powerful service that benefits mother and baby, as well as all who are involved in their lives. We offer a range of TKM® sessions that can be added to the basic Doula package. Click here to view the details of these integrated Doula/TKM® packages.