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July 8, 2024

Doula 101: What is a Doula and Why You Need One By Lindsey Bliss

An overview of the purpose of Doulas.

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Pregnancy can be filled with excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. As a birth Doula with over 15 years of experience and the co-founder of Carriage House Birth, I’ve seen how transformative a Doula’s support can be. Here’s a quick overview of what Doulas do and why you might consider hiring one.

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and shortly after childbirth. Unlike medical professionals, Doulas focus on the holistic well-being of the parent.

Why Hire a Birth Doula?

1. Emotional Support: Doulas offer reassurance, encouragement, and compassion, helping to alleviate fears and anxieties.

2. Physical Support: Doulas assist with pain management and comfort during labor, often reducing the need for interventions.

3. Informational Support: They provide evidence-based information, helping you make informed decisions.

4. Advocacy: Doulas facilitate communication with healthcare providers, ensuring your wishes are respected.

5. Partner Support: They offer guidance to partners, fostering a supportive environment.

Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?

1. Smooth Transition: Postpartum Doulas provide practical support with baby care, breastfeeding, and household tasks.

2. Emotional Well-being: They offer emotional support, reducing the risk of postpartum depression and anxiety.

3. Education: They provide valuable education on newborn care.

Our Mission & Vision at Carriage House Birth

At Carriage House Birth, we believe that birthing the way you want to is a right. Our mission is to equip all birthing people with knowledge, support, and a community. We honor the sacredness of birth and aim to make sensitive, informed care a universal standard.

A Doula’s support can make a significant difference in your pregnancy and birthing experience. At Carriage House Birth, we’re dedicated to supporting families through this journey. Reach out to learn more about how a Doula can support you, and join us in our mission to ensure every birthing person feels seen and heard.

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