What is a Birth Doula? Birth Doulas are individuals specially trained, educated and experienced in childbirth and the immediate postpartum period. We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth. We offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured, informed and supported.
Pregnancy and Birth
The journey through pregnancy, labor and birth can be one filled with excitement, joy and anticipation as well as nervousness, tension and doubt. Support, advice and encouragement can be priceless during this time. This is where a Birth Doula can make all the difference!
How will this affect my birth? Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth ends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience, reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans, and reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals.
So how does DoulaFind work? We want to find a perfect doula match for you and your partner. We look at your wants, needs, due date, delivery location and birth desires, and closely match you with doulas who meet your search criteria. We provide a safe, comfortable interview location at a convenient time for everyone. Here you will meet and interview 3-4 hand selected doulas individually. We will give you sample interview questions, and ensure you feel comfortable with the process. You will be provided their resume, references and information needed to make a good decision. If you do not find a perfect fit, we will continue to set up interviews until you find the best doula for your birth!
What is the cost for the search? How much is the doula's fee? DoulaFind will match you with doulas to interview FOR FREE!. Each doula is an independent contractor, so their fees will vary. You will be contracting with her individually. The average cost of a doula in the Twin Cities metro area varies between $600-1200+ per birth. This usually includes 2 prenatal visits, the entire birth from phone consults at the onset, home support during active labor, accompaniment to the birth location, supporting until baby is born and until everyone is comfortably settled. Most Birth Doulas will also provide one postpartum visit to answer any questions about the birth and see how things are going postpartum.
What if I have more questions about Birth Doulas? How do I get started? We would love to talk to you about your needs. Please call Marnie at (715) 977-0249 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you are comfortable with the process, we will send you a questionnaire and get the search started! If you feel you are ready now, Click here to get the process started and begin your questionnaire.