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FAQs

Why are birth outcomes better with doulas present?

Multiple randomized control studies have found that the presence of a trained doula benefits everyone. The studies have consistently shown that doula care is associated with shorter labors, less use of epidurals and other pain medications, lower episiotomy rates, and as much as a 50% reduction in the C-section rate. Research has also shown better clinical outcomes for both the birthing person and the baby (including fewer admissions to neonatal special care units, better breastfeeding rates, and better family bonding). A doula also provides care for the birth partner and other family members, assists busy hospital staff, saves money, and greatly increases an overall satisfaction of the birthing experience.

Is a doula the same thing as a midwife?

No. A doula provides no medical or nursing care. Since the Doula doesn’t have medical responsibilities, or other patients to attend to, they can provide complete attention to being by a laboring person’s side for the entire length of their labor.

Does a doula replace the partner?

A doula doesn’t replace anyone. They are another member of the birth team and supports everyone in their own role. A doula’s presence helps partners participate at their own comfort level, showing them how and when to use various comfort techniques, providing information, and in some cases, looking after them as well. Partners are often grateful to be able to share the “coaching” responsibility with someone more experienced  and can therefore enjoy the birth experience more. 

Can a doula help if a woman has an epidural?

Yes. A doula’s presence is helpful during early labor and during the epidural placement process. They continue to care for the laboring individual and their family, offering emotional and informational support. And when it’s time to deliver the baby, the doula’s assistance can be invaluable.

Can a doula attend C-section births?

Yes, having a C-section can still use a doula’s support. The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff. Either way, the doula is still there for the new family in the recovery room.

Does a doula replace nursing staff? 
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the birthing individual and to enhance communication between the birth team and medical professionals.

What is your doula style?
I am DONA International trained, thus I am an evidence based doula with a relaxed, confident and straight forward style of communication. I consider myself to be a caring, nurturing and strong support partner while remaining a calm influence.  Your birth goals are my birth goals and it is my job to support your birth 100%. 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

Midwives:

Ocean Midwives

ENCINITAS, SOLANA BEACH

 

Birth Centers/Programs:

Babies In Bloom

SERVING VISTA, OCEANSIDE, CARLSBAD, SAN MARCOS, ESCONDIDO AND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Best Start Birth Center

SAN DIEGO

Birth Roots

CHULA VISTA

Tree of Life

ENCINITAS

Operation Doula - A Military Birth Resource Network

SAN DIEGO

Enable continuity of care by providing the necessary community, network, resources and awareness to our military families stateside and those stationed overseas.

Operation Special Delivery

SAN DIEGO

Offering discounted labor support services and increasing access to quality labor doula care to all qualifying military service members and their families.

 

 

Classes:

The Bradley Method

 Lamaze International 

HypnoBirthing

Nature's Whisper Yoga/Hot Mama Yoga

Birth Education Center

 

Websites:

Childbirth Connection

Science and Sensibility

 

Evidence Based Birth

International Cesarean Awareness Network-ICAN

VBAC.com

Post Partum Health Alliance

Cochrane

Birthing from Within

Preeclampsia Foundation

Evidence Based Information:

How the Cervix Thins and Dilates

What It Means to be Offered a Membrane Sweep

Spinning Babies for Parents

Vitamin K for Newborns

Eye Ointment for Newborns

Circumcision

Doula Benefits Infographic

Using a Doula for Pain Relief

Unraveling The Mystery of Vernix Caseosa

What do Doulas Really do?

Newborn's Stomach Capacity

Baby Poop Color Wheel

Fun Facts: