What Doulas Do

Your birth doula supports you throughout your pregnancy, labor, and early postpartum days. Doulas serve you by supporting you through all the twists and turns and unknowns the come along with welcoming a new baby into your life. If you’d like to learn more about the specific services that Erin Tripolino Doula Services provide, click here to check out the services page. Here are some other FAQs:

What is a doula? A birth doula is someone who’s equipped to serve birth givers and their support people through the beautiful and sometimes stressful journey of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. A doula is a vital team member, not replacing a doctor or midwife, but adding a unique role as a continual support person. A doula serves the family directly, not a hospital or care provider.

What do doulas actually do?  Doulas spend the time with clients to get to know their hopes for their labor and delivery and advocate for those hopes throughout the birthing process.  During labor, doulas are present to help however needed, offering practical tools, and insights and helping to bring a peaceful, personal feel to the birthing process. This might include hands-on touch, creating a peaceful environment, keeping the birthing person (and partner) fed and well-hydrated, offering heat or cold, giving suggestions of positions and other ways to help labor proceed as well as the mental and emotional support needed to birth a baby. Your doula is especially there to support and provide information when the events of your birth do not go as you planned.

Will my doula check my cervix? No. Nor will the doula deliver your baby, administer medication or give medical advice. A doula does not offer medical or clinical care. And while an advocate for the family, the doula cannot speak for the family either.

Will the doula replace my loving, supportive partner? Instead of replacing a partner during this intimate time of labor and delivery, a doula really helps free the partner to be more supportive. The doula provides emotional support to both birthing person and partner and is continually present, allowing the partner to focus on the birth giver instead of juggling all the roles of caretaker, new parent-to-be, advocate, lover, etc. A doula can give the partner a break to grab a bite of hot food to eat, go to the bathroom, take a nap, or whatever needs to be done, while providing the peace of mind that the birthing person will be well cared for in the meantime.

Do really I need a doula? Throughout the ages, community members have supported birthing people in labor. Having a trained labor companion is highly valuable in so many ways. Research seems to think so too. Studies have found that birth givers who have doulas are

  • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
  • 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
  • 9% less likely to use any pain medication
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

Why does it cost so much? There are several things that go into the cost for a doula. Between pre and post natal visits, communication and the birth itself, a doula can easily spend over 40 hours per client. In addition to earning some income, a doula also needs to cover cost for transportation, parking, childcare, professional certifications, continuing education, website upkeep, etc. Talk to some other families who have invested in a doula, and hopefully you’ll find that having continual care from an educated and caring individual throughout your labor is well worth the cost!