ANTEPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT
Why hire a doula during pregnancy?
Yes, you really can hire a doula just for your pregnancy. Whether or not you are planning to hire me as your birth doula, I’m happy to provide you with antenatal doula services to help smooth the transition from pregnancy to baby. My antepartum doula support is always tailored specifically to your needs and desires.
I find antepartum doula care to be an excellent match for the following types of families:
- You and/or your partner are anxious about the birth/new baby and you want extra support from a professional with knowledge about childbirth and newborn care.
- You are having a difficult pregnancy that is making it harder to “do life” i.e. bedrest, preecclampsia, hyperemesis gravidarum, and other high risk situations.
- You are new to the Boston area our healthcare system and want referrals and information for local providers, groups, and practitioners.
- You are lacking family support.
- You want quality time to really talk through how you are feeling about your upcoming birth, your growing family, and your self.
My role as your antepartum doula
As your antenatal doula, I can help you prepare for the birth by listening to your fears and concerns, helping you refocus, and, if necessary, providing referrals/recommendations to other support groups, organizations and professionals in order to best meet your needs. I also teach you relaxation techniques and confidence-building exercises in preparation for your upcoming birth.
In addition to emotional/informational support, my role as an antenatal doula can also include physical support. For those who are on bed rest or very ill through pregnancy, my services take away the daily stresses, so that you can relax and focus on yourself and your baby. I am happy to do light housework, shopping, cooking, childcare and run occasional errands, as necessary. As an antenatal doula, I offer gentle guidance, unbiased information, encouraging support and a sense of humor when appropriate.
A doula does not provide any clinical or medical care and is different from a midwife, obstetrician, psychologist/therapist or psychiatrist. I always strive to be knowledgeable, supportive, compassionate and non-judgmental.
“My partner and I felt incredibly anxious…
about how we would adjust to life with a second child, as we felt we were already overwhelmed with our toddler. She helped us work through some of our concerns, gave us great recommendations on things that may help, and really heard our concerns. I left that session feeling more confident and prepared than ever and felt more ready to meet our daughter.”