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What is a Doula?

A doula can be an invaluable resource for mothers (and their families) by providing an additional support system as they welcome a new baby into their home.

Birth Doulas (or labor support doulas) are known for supporting the emotional and physical comfort needs of pregnant women to during the labor process. Birth doulas are not permitted to perform clinical tasks, however, they are able to recommend labor positioning and comfort techniques, aromatherapy, massages, etc., to the patient to assist and support mom in the labor process. The role of the birth doula is heavily focused upon during the stages leading up to birth and typically stay up until several hours after giving birth.

Postpartum Doulas offer compassion and support in an unprejudiced manner, while mom regains physical and emotional stability after having her baby. The role of a postpartum doula begins usually the moment mom returns home from the hospital. Postpartum Doulas are also able to detect the early stages of postpartum depression, which can play a vital role in drastically reducing the severity and recovery time of the illness. The length of a postpartum doulas stay can be anywhere from a few days up to several months.

Here is a general outline of a doulas responsibilities: Birth Doula (Before/During birth)

  • Emotional and physical support during the later stages of pregnancy to birth
  • Provide informational support regarding pregnancy that is evidence based
  • Performing physical comfort techniques during labor
  • Lactation Support
  • Act as an advocate for family during the birth of baby, without giving medical advice
  • Baby soothing techniques (infant massage, swaddling, etc)
  • Sibling Support
  • Bonding Techniques
Postpartum Doula (After Birth)
  • Emotional and physical support, during recovery after birth
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Infant baby massage
  • Detect early stages of Postpartum Depression
  • Educate and support the family by offering evidence based information
  • Ensure mom is well-fed and comfortable throughout her recovery
  • Running errands and organization (closets and nursery), light cooking
  • Resources and referrals such as parenting classes, pediatricians, and support groups
It is important, however, that doulas do not be mistaken for midwives. Midwives, unlike doulas have undergone formal training to assist with medical decisions or procedures. Fees for a doula can range from $25-$50 an hour, in addition to a retainer to reserve her services. The retainer is usually applied to the last payment owed for services rendered. Training, experience, your unique needs and demographics all play a role in how postpartum doulas set their fee schedule.

Our doulas have a minimum of 6 years of professional, relevant experience. Additional requirements can be found here.

Want to hire a Los Angeles Doula? please call us at 818-888-9894 or toll-free at 877-626-6912

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