why hire a doula?
A Doula's role is to support women in receiving information support which helps keep the birthing person and their partner informed about what’s going on with the course of labor. Suggesting techniques in labor, such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning. Another primary goal is to care for the mother’s emotional health and enhance her ability to have positive birth memories. This emotional support can look like continuous presence, reassurance, encouragement, praise, etc. Physical support is one of the last main important parts of hiring a Doula because it helps the birthing person maintain a sense of control, comfort, and confidence. Aspects of physical support provided by a doula may include; soothing with touch through the use of massage/counter pressure/or a rebozo, helping to create a calm environment, assisting with water therapy, assisting the birthing person in walking to and from the bathroom, etc.