WHAT IS A LABOR DOULA?
A Labor Doula is an experienced professional who is trained and educated in the labor and delivery process. She is not a medical provider, but she is experienced in childbirth and educated with up-to-date information on evidence-based practices.
A Labor Doula meets with you during your pregnancy to discuss your health, your hopes, and fears. She will advocate for your choices and desires and will be there for you to inspire confidence about your labor and birth. She knows common policies and procedures with local hospitals and home birth providers so she can help you prepare for the kind of birth you want.
She also provides physical and emotional comfort during labor, with techniques such as nurturing touch and relaxation methods to decrease labor pain, relieve anxiety, and increase emotional bonding. She does not replace the role of the father, birth partner or other families, but rather empowers them to be a source of support for the mother. A Labor Doula caters her services to the individual needs of that family. Once your Labor Doula is called to support you during your birth, she does not leave until after you've had your baby.*
She is also trained to help you with breastfeeding. After your birth, she will typically stay an hour or two to help start breastfeeding and help the new family settle in. Once you are home from the hospital or a few days following your birth, she'll see you at home to make sure you are doing well. She can offer troubleshooting advice and make referrals if you need extra assistance.
A Bliss and Baby Co Certified Labor Doula goes through a background check, screening, intensive training, and mentoring process to help ensure you receive safe, quality care. To be certified, Doulas must attend a minimum of 12 births.
Our Doulas are required to be current in Infant/Adult CPR & Neonatal Resuscitation, PMAD Training, Community Health Care Worker Training, Child Growth Assessments, and WHO Foundation Midwife Training. They have also attended a reputable Doula training workshop.
We are experienced, we specialize in women over 40, VBAC, high-risk pregnancy, families conceiving with IVF, homebirth, hospital birth, LGBTQ, adoption, multiples, single parents, waterbirth, cesarean birth, plus size women, rainbow babies, and postpartum depression.
One of the perks of being in business as long as we have is our extensive referral system. Our Doulas can help you find resources for anything from breastfeeding, to photographers or knowing how to find a good Care Provider.