A certified doula is someone who has been professionally trained and licensed to offer you additional support in your journey to motherhood. Hiring a doula does not replace an obstetrician, family practice physician or certified nurse midwife. Instead, they work alongside your medical providers to offer you extra help before, after and during your baby’s birth.
What does a doula do?
During your labor and delivery, a doula can help in a variety of ways. This includes:
- Decreasing anxiety and providing comfort
- Assisting with different labor positions
- Suggesting activities to keep you moving during labor
- Improving relaxation
Your doula can also offer you extra support both before and after your baby is born.
How does St. Luke’s accommodate doulas?
At St. Luke’s, we are happy to welcome a doula as a part of your labor and delivery team, if you choose to hire one. They are welcome to offer you both emotional and physical support during the entire birthing experience. They can also help to facilitate effective communication between you and your labor and delivery team.
Do I need a doula?
The labor and delivery nurses at St. Luke’s Birthing Center are expertly trained and equipped to support you. Many of our nurses have also taken a course taught by local doulas on how to offer additional comfort measures. The entire team works together with the mother – from the medical staff to her support people – to provide the best possible birth experience. No matter what you choose, we will fully support you throughout this incredible journey.
If you still have questions about hiring a doula, talk to your doctor. If you haven’t selected a doctor yet, get to know our expert team of OB-GYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives and Family Practitioners to schedule with someone you can connect with.
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