What is a Doula?

Interested In Having a Labor of Love Doula?
Contact Labor of Love to see if a Labor of Love Birth and Postpartum Doula is right for you.

A Birth Doula recognizes that birth is a key experience
for a mother and her family and understands
there are significant physiological and
emotional needs of a woman preparing for and in labor.
 
Doulas stay with mothers throughout labor and facilitate 
communication between the laboring woman, 
her partner and her physician.



Doulas also provide:
Assistance in creating and accomplishing birth plans
Emotional support
Physical comfort
Objective viewpoint
Encouragement
Love
Someone to listen
Resources to help mothers achieve their pregnancy and family goals
Local connections
Attending pregnancy and postpartum related appointments
Tools to create a healthy pregnancy and family
Nutrition Guidance
Evidence based information from pregnancy through the early years


Birth Doulas are available at anytime during pregnancy. 
Their goal is to create an environment of love and encouragement as they 
walk with mothers through their prenatal period, 
labor and delivery, while supporting families as they 
transition to their postpartum doula care.
 
The Postpartum Doula will meet prenatally a few times and than be involved in an educational nurturing way for the first 12 weeks of the newness of having a little one.





Doulas can be involved in attending childbirth classes with clients,
sitting in on doctor's appointment, 
assisting in the WIC process and help create healthy 
choices for the birth mother and her family.

On average, Doulas and clients meet weekly or biweekly 
for about an hour (or four to six hours a month) 
and are available for texts and phone calls throughout the pregnancy and postpartum.

The primary role of our doulas is to walk the journey of childbirth with those that have 
little to no support, and give them consistent care and love 
through this intimate time that we call childbirth. As the journey unfolds we strive to partner in a postpartum role with our birthing families to complete the journey of bringing in a newborn so they don't have to embark on this journey alone.