A doula accompanies women in labor to help them have a more satisfying birth experience. She provides emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. A doula can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation techniques for comfort. Our doulas are independent contractors with Baby Bumps and Beyond. Your doula works for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
We prefer to meet with you and your partner at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, and to plan how we might best work together. The fee includes two prenatal visits, your labor, and one postpartum visit. The initial meeting does not obligate you to use our services, but if you do select us, then we will want to become familiar with your birth plan, including your preferences regarding management options and the use of pain medications. We also want to know your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together.
- Two prenatal visits to discuss the parents’ desires and preparation for the birth
- Phone support as needed during pregnancy and immediate postpartum period
- Assistance in creating a birth plan
- Labor support at home or hospital as needed
- Emotional, physical, and informational support during labor and birth
We will inform you of times when your primary doula is unavailable for labor support. In these instances or in the event that your primary doula is unavailable due to unforeseeable circumstances your back up doula will attend your labor.
We may also decide on other meetings and will certainly want to remain in touch by telephone.
Please call your primary doula when you think you are in labor, even if you do not yet need support. We can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. At this point, together we will decide if you need immediate assistance or if we should wait for further change. Approximately one hour is needed to get to you from the time you ask your doula to come. We will also decide where to meet — at your home or the hospital. Except for extraordinary circumstances, your doula or back up will remain with you throughout your labor and birth.
From only $1199
Based on your estimated date of delivery and location.
Locations in West Georgia and East Alabama
We do have options for travel and virtual doula services.