The Benefits of a Labor Support Doula
The benefits of the continuous support of a trained labor support person is well documented. Both low and high risk women have better outcomes when a doula is present. A study compilation from Cochrane Review validates these findings about the continuous presence of a doula during labor.
The Cochrane Review finds, “Continuous support during labour may improve outcomes for women and infants, including increased spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter duration of labour, and decreased caesarean birth, instrumental vaginal birth, use of any analgesia, use of regional analgesia, low five-minute Apgar score and negative feelings about childbirth experiences.”
Trained and Experienced With the Care of Older Siblings
At Birthways, we understand the unique joys and challenges your child is experiencing with becoming an older sibling. Your doula can:
Answer your sibling adjustment questions
Prepare snacks and age appropriate activities
Serve as a companion during this important time
Be on-call for you 24/7 as your due date approaches, so you don’t need to worry about making last-minute arrangements for childcare.
Offer guidance, or, you can tell us exactly when you need our on-call to begin, how long the doula will stay with your child, and how to coordinate with other friends and family if you want to combine your support sources.
Arrange for “get-to-know you” play sessions so your older child or children will feel comfortable with the doula when the big day arrives.
Support For Your Older Child or Children During Your Labor
Birthways Sibling Care During Labor can help the children in your family prepare and adjust to coming baby and even support them while you give birth. Whether you are planning for your older child or children to attend the birth, or if you need a loving caregiver to care for the big brother or sister at home, a Birthways doula can help.
Frequently Asked Questions about Labor Support Doulas
What is a Labor Support Doula?
Your doula’s role is to help you to prepare for labor and to provide comfort to you during childbirth.
Your birth doula becomes your invaluable assistant for pregnancy, childbirth and the process of welcoming your baby. She recognizes and supports your needs for preparation & informed decision-making as well as comfort and reassurance.
Your doula is an expert childbirth consultant, grounded in optimizing the normal and safe progression of labor. She brings experience and wisdom to help nurture your confidence and serves as an ongoing resource to help you sort through your birthing options.
Birthways doulas provide diplomatic support, working effectively with doctors, midwives, and nurses to create an atmosphere of calm and cooperation in the delivery room and helping families to have the birth for their baby that’s right for them!
Is a Labor Support Doula Right For Me?
Do you have a particular concern? Our doulas receive specific training in supporting mothers with a range of needs or concerns. We specialize in working with mothers or partners with fears of childbirth or prior trauma and those experiencing or at risk for perinatal mood disorders.
Have a complex medical history? Our intake coordinator will learn about your needs and suggest doulas that have the right experience for you.
Is planning for the unknown a little overwhelming? Right now, you’re thinking about support for birth and may not be sure what to plan for after the baby arrives. Our clients love that we offer such a wide spectrum of services and expertise:
- Additional lactation consultation
- Postpartum care: day and overnight
- Fussy baby guidance
- Emotional support
What Does a Labor Support Doula Provide?
- Reassurance and guidance from a knowledgeable, compassionate and non-judgmental source
- Comfort measures for pregnancy, birth and postpartum including massage techniques, positioning ideas, and visualization strategies. Her “Doula bag” includes hot and cold compresses, aromatherapy and massage tools. She will work with you to find the comfort measures most effective for you, and is familiar with the wide range of approaches, including yoga and mindfulness, other mind/body practices, hypnobirthing, and other techniques.
- Preparation for the wide variety of normal labor patterns
- Support at home and guidance for when to move to your birth facility
- Skillful support for great communication with your health care team
- Demystifying decision-making when interventions are suggested
- Evidence-based resources to help you feel informed
- Optimizing normal progress with ‘childbirth wisdom’, including self-care in early labor and optimal fetal positioning
- Breastfeeding support
Why Birthways for Labor Support?
Birthways has been raising the standards of care for labor support and postpartum care providers since 1997. While doulas can achieve national certifications after serving as few as 3 clients, we continue to mentor our labor support providers throughout their career. Our community makes a commitment to continue their professional growth and development no matter how many years of experience they have.
Doulas on our team have exceptional experience, are warm, clear communicators and bring compassionate and non-judgmental attention to your needs. We will introduce you to the providers you are most likely to connect with. We’ll be sure to find the right doula for your needs and budget. These services are just a phone call away! Your providers can work collaboratively to get you a seamless team providing caring attention. We recommend planning ahead (by week 27) for all services but we work to meet the needs of our clients when the unexpected arises.
Who are Birthways’ Labor Support Doulas?
All Birthways doulas have received their initial training from a national certifying agency such as DONA or toLabor. At Birthways, we consider this the very beginning of doula training and education.
Our doulas possess additional training, such as Hypnobirthing, Massage, Acupressure, Spinning Babies, Midwifery or medical degrees and licensure, and more.
Our doulas have a broad experience and wisdom to support:
- First time mothers
- Women who have previously given birth
- Women with vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC)
- Home births
- Hospital births
- Common (and not-so-common) complications.
We knowledgeably support women with complex health histories, prior injuries or muscular-skeletal anomalies or weaknesses, and will work with physical therapists or other health care teams to support and protect your body during childbirth.
What is the Cost for a Labor Support Doula or Birth Doula?
Our fee structure is developed to make our services accessible. We have a sliding scale for any of our services. Call us at 888.506.0607 to discuss your budget and needs.
The fee for labor support packages range from $800–$2500 depending on your unique needs and the right doula for you.
Our fee structure is developed to make our services accessible, and we have a sliding scale for any of our services. The fee for labor support packages range from $800–$2500 depending on the experience of the doula – let’s talk about the best fit for you.
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For over 20 years, Birthways has provided expert support for Chicago-area families during the childbearing year with compassionate, knowledgeable, and affirming care. Founded by renowned postpartum expert Karen Laing, our doulas are carefully screened, trained, supported and experienced to meet your unique needs. With expertise ranging from education to lactation to sleep, Birthways is committed to providing compassionate, affirming support for expectant and new families.
3717 N. Ravenswood Ave. Suite 140 Chicago, IL 60613 888.506.0607