We are your Scenic City Birth Collective!
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” -Dr. John H. Kennell
A birth doula is a magnificent resource for you in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum and an addition to your birth team that is not to be missed. By hiring a doula, you’ve ensured yourself the non-judgmental support of an experienced woman in pregnancy, birth and/or postpartum. Scenic City Doulas are certified and work to continue their awareness and education within the scope of their doula practices and responsibilities. The doulas at Scenic City Birth Collective are experienced with home birth, birth centres, hospital birth, water birth, VBAC, teen pregnancy, multiples and cesarean birth.
What do Birth Doulas do?
Your doula is different from your care provider in that your doula is your source for emotional and physical support all throughout your childbearing year. The doulas listed with Scenic City Birth all have independent practices and there will be some variation of practice between them. All of our doulas provide resources, continuous labor support, and non-biased, evidenced based information. At your birth, they help with everything from position changes to touch to verbal encouragement. Most perform prenatal visits to get to know you, your partner and family, and your hopes for your birthing experience. Doulas also follow up after baby arrives to answer any questions you or your partner may have, provide breastfeeding support, and provide additional community resources as needed. This follow-up visit is also a great time to process the story of your birth with your Doula!
Benefits of Having a Birth Doula
The evidence that Rebecca Dekker has compiled at Evidence Based Birth clearly reflects the sound data supporting the use of a doula:
28% reduction in cesarean rate
31% reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use
9% reduction in pain medication use
14% decrease in newborn admission to special care nurseries
34% decrease with mothers being dissatisfied with their births
When to Contact a Birth Doula
Whether you are 10 weeks or 30 weeks pregnant, planning to birth at home or the hospital, having a scheduled Cesarean or letting nature take it’s course, there is no time like the present to begin interviewing doulas!