This is your birth and East Tennessee Doulas are here to help.
Pregnancy, birth, and the transition into parenthood are often described as a wonderful but fleeting time of great change for new parents. But they can be overwhelming, too! You are trying to become a parent, as well as renegotiate new roles with partners, parents, or other children. Your mind and body undergo a huge shift and it is often hard to know what is normal. These can be a lot to deal with alone! As doulas, we are here to help you through this transition!
Why should you hire a doula for both your birth and after birth?
Having a birth doula has many benefits, including:
- 25% Shorter Labor
50% Reduction in Cesarean Rate
60% Reduction in Epidural Request
40% Reduction in Analgesia Use
40% Reduction in Forceps Birth
as recorded in Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennel, & Klaus
Having support during the postpartum period, the time after you deliver your baby, also has many benefits, including:
- Better postpartum adjustment
- Greater breastfeeding success
- Less postpartum depression
- Lower incidence of abuse
as recorded in the DONA International Position Paper: The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternity Care
What do birth doulas do?
As your birth doulas, we:
Share our knowledge of birth and help you prepare for the birth of your choice;
Assist in creating a birth plan, if desired;
Join you in labor, providing emotional and physical support;
Help you understand your options, both before labor begins and during the birthing process.
Will be available for questions and help during both pregnancy and in the postpartum period.
What do postpartum (after birth) doulas do?
As your postpartum doulas, we:
Provide emotional support with reassurance and perspective;
Provide support, information, and basic troubleshooting for breastfeeding or bottlefeeding;
Help with relaxation, infant care and soothing, and comfort measures for common postpartum complaints;
Help with household organization, including light housework and meal preparation;
Help with sibling adjustment;
Help take care of your baby while you take a nap, a shower, or just have a moment with your partner!
As always, we will gladly provide information and educational materials, as well as referrals to outside providers as needed. We will be available for questions and help during both pregnancy and in the postpartum period.
Why you should take a childbirth education class:
Expanding your knowledge about pregnancy, birth, and babies helps lower your fear and boost your confidence about the changes you will experience. We recommend to every single client that they take a childbirth class and read books or watch videos about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding (if they plan on it), and infants! We even lend them books from our “lending library” so they don’t have to buy them. Expanding your knowledge lets you find out more about all the options available to you, makes you feel empowered and in control of your birth, and ultimately leads to a better birth experience.
Still unsure? Contact us if you need one-on-one support to figure out which of our services would be the best fit for your family.
We understand that hiring a doula is a financial investment.
That's why we offer a few discounts all the time, including:
- 10% discount to military families.
- 50% discount to clients who are WIC recipients.
- Got a baby shower coming up? Gift certificates are available for any amount!
We also offer giveaways and coupons on birth and postpartum doula services. Check back frequently for your chance to win!