No matter where you plan to deliver, a Doula is a valuable resource to a birthing mother and her family. Giving birth is often a vulnerable time for a family. Not only are birth outcomes improved when a Doula is present, but overall satisfaction and peace of mind are as well. We offer Doula Services for all birth settings, whether it be in a hospital, in a birth center or at home.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a Greek word that is translated to “Woman Caregiver.” A doula is also known as a birth companion or birth coach. She is someone who respects the decisions you make for your birth. A doula assists you and your family during your pregnancy, labor and childbirth in a non-medical capacity by providing emotional support and physical support by using comfort measure techniques. She is a resource of information for you and your family and can help you design and implement your birth plan. A postpartum doula provides resources to you as well as emotional and physical support, including breastfeeding help, after your child has been born.
Do I need a Doula if I have a Midwife?
A Midwife often provides a similar type of support in addition to being your primary care provider; however, a midwife may have multiple patients to care for and her services may be limited to the place where you plan to deliver. If you were to need to deliver at the hospital for any reason, your doula goes with you to the hospital and stays with you throughout your labor. Your doula can also support you during early labor when you are still at home.
Meet the Doulas Monthly Meeting
Our Doula Team hosts a “Meet the Doulas” meetings monthly at Sweet Child O’ Mine. These meetings are open to anyone and we invite you to join us. This is an opportunity for you and your family to meet the Doulas, ask your questions and better prepare yourself for your labor and birth. Each month’s meeting will have a unique topic that will be helpful to you while preparing for your birth. Examples of these topics are; How to Write a Birth Plan, Comfort Measures for Labor and Techniques to Get Baby in a Good Position. Feel free to drop in at any time during this meeting. There will be drinks and snacks. At 6:00 pm the presentation on the topic of the month will begin. The meetings are held at Sweet Child O’ Mine in the Education Room. 215 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon.
Join Us For Our Next Meeting
Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Presentation Topic: Writing a Birth Plan
How Do I Get Started?
1. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a questionnaire to complete.
2. Attend our monthly Doula Meetings at no obligation.
3. Once you have met the doula Team and decide you would like to hire us, complete the doula service contract and return it to us at our email or to the front desk at Sweet Child O’ Mine. Cost of doula service: private birth prep meeting, labor and birth, photos, and postpartum follow up visit: $800.
4. We will contact you to see how your pregnancy is going and to schedule a private Birth Preparation Meeting between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. When you are in labor, call your doula team.
For More Information, Contact Us:
813-685-8404 ext 6