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So what is a doula?

A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

A doula is not a medical provider so while your midwife/OB is focused on the health of you and your baby, a doula is focused on you and ensuring a positive birth experience for the parents-to-be.

Having a supportive partner is important, but doesn't replace a doula at the birth. Your partner knows you well, but a doula knows birth well. A doula will help your partner support you, while giving your partner breaks to eat, sleep, rest or care for older siblings.

what support looks like
Emotional support
  • Encouragement

  • Affirmations

  • Suggestions on labor positions

  • Reminders of breathing techniques

  • Advocate for parents' birth plan

  • Maintain the birth energy

Physical Support
Additional Support
  • Give information on interventions and options

  • Give support people breaks to eat and rest

  • Assist with older siblings and pets

  • Take photos

  • and more!*

*I'm happy to discuss other ways you'd like to be supported

  • Pain coping strategies: hip squeezes, massage, rebozo, TENS unit, acupressure, essential oils, and hydrotherapy

  • Physical support in a labor position or changing positions

  • Offering food and drink

 I attend hospital, birth center, and home births in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
50 mile radius from 60630

Does this sound like something you'd want during labor?
Schedule a consult and see if I'd be a good fit for your birth team!

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