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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How will hiring a doula affect my birth partner's role?

A doula is an additional member of your birth team and does not replace your birth partner. Part of my job is to teach your birth partner various ways to support you during labor. The goal is to encourage your birth partner to participate in ways that they feel comfortable and included.

Are doulas medical professionals?

No. Doulas do not provide any medical care nor perform medical examinations. As a doula, I can work with your care provider to create a positive birth experience.

What are the benefits of having a doula?

Studies have shown that some of the major benefits to having a doula are:

  • shorter labor,

  • decrease use of epidurals or other pain medications,

  • fewer unnecessary medical interventions,

  • and greater parental satisfaction with the birthing experience.

Can I hire a doula if I'm having a scheduled C-section?

Absolutely! I may not be in the operating room depending or your wishes (or the hospital policies); however, I can still be helpful for you and your baby in the recovery room.

Should I hire a doula if I'm getting an epidural?

Sure!  As your doula, I can assist with positioning, provide informational support during labor, help you to remain calm and relaxed.

When is the best time to hire a birth doula?

Earlier is better but take your time to ensure that the doula you hire is the right fit for you! Ideally, you'll have your doula secured by your third trimester but it's never too late to find support.

Are doulas expensive?

Birth support with Easing Earthside is $1300. This includes 2 prenatal visits, labor and delivery support, 1 postpartum visit, and unlimited texts/calls. Payment plans are available.