What Is A Doula? Also known as a Labor Assistant, a birth doula provides comfort and support to the expecting mother during labor, delivery, and the initial postpartum period. The word “doula” comes from the Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.” A doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support for the family so that the expectant parents may experience an easier, more intimate and comforting birth. Research shows that having a doula to support you during the birthing process has been shown to facilitate:
- Emotionally easier birth experiences
- Shorter length of labors with less difficulty and exhaustion
- Fewer complications
- Fewer assisted vaginal deliveries
- Less incidences of C-sections
- Long term benefits include less postpartum depression, increase in mother-infant bonding, better breastfeeding outcomes, and overall maternal satisfaction
Elements Of Care:
- Education & Information – Translations of what is happening
- Emotional Support – Empowerment, encouragement, and empathy
- Physical Support, Comfort, & Care – Massage, positioning, breathing, hydration, acupressure, orderliness of birthing room (noise reduction, soft lighting, temperature control)
Mothership On-Call Doula Service: Make only one call to access a “Lancaster Doulas and Birthing Partners” doula at any time! We offer two packages to choose from, with optional a la carte additions to allow you to customize your level of pampering. Packages are discounted 10% off of a la carte prices.
“The Mama Package” ($450) Includes:
- Unlimited attendance at the monthly “Meet the Doulas” night, where you can meet all of our doulas, socialize with other pregnant women and enjoy a unique monthly topic of discussion
- One personalized prenatal visit
- One prenatal introductory nutrition class
- One postpartum visit
- Continuous support during the labor (beginning either in your home or at the hospital), delivery, and initial breastfeeding/bonding time.
- Access to our lending library
- Unlimited email support to answer any questions you may have
“The Goddess Package” ($661) Includes:
- All services in “The Mama Package”
- One prenatal massage
- Two prenatal yoga classes
- One complimentary workshop of your choice
- Accompany you to a prenatal caregiver appointment
- One additional postpartum visit
“The Quick Fix” ($365): One of our doulas will meet you at the hospital (or other location of delivery) and provide support during labor, birth, and initial postpartum period.
Add Some Flair:Other additional services that you can purchase a la carte include:
- Prenatal visit – A meeting with one of our doulas to get acquainted, discuss your health history and present caregivers, and discuss your ideal birth so that it may become realized. $40
- Accompany you to a primary caregiver prenatal visit – One of our doulas will meet you at a prenatal visit to introduce themselves to your caregiver. She will be there while you review your birth plan, and will answer any questions your caregiver may have about a doula’s scope of practice, and give the caregiver a copy of the Client/Doula Contract (if desired) so (s)he knows what to expect. $35
- Introductory prenatal nutrition class: A one-hour class for you to learn the basics of what it takes to nourish your body, making way for an easier birth and a stronger, smarter, healthier baby. $45
- Birth wish-list consulting: A two-hour consultation to assist you with creating a birth plan. $40
- Prenatal massage: One hour of blissful relaxation to make you feel like the Goddess you are. Not only is it relaxing, it is therapeutic, as it helps to move blood and lymph in the body, assisting in reducing swelling and eliminating toxins. $60
- Private, personalized prenatal yoga class: Connect with your baby, tone and relax muscles, manage pain and stress through mindful breath. $45 Contact Mothership for public and group class pricing.
- Placenta Encapsulation: $225
- Belly Photography: Private photo session to capture professional pregnancy portraits. Call for photographer referrals.
- Birth Story: A written snapshot of your birth events, recounted by your doula, for you and your family to enjoy. Great for putting in baby books! $40
- Daddy Doula Class: If you aren’t quite sure you’d like a doula at your birth, our trained doulas will show your partner/support person tips, pointers and tricks on how to be the best doula they can be. One hour class. $75
- Belly Casting: Get a plaster mold of your pregnant belly made to have as a great keepsake of your pregnancy. You can paint or decorate with your baby’s footprints and handprints on the completed cast. $75
- Postpartum visit – The doula that attended your birth will contact you by phone within a few days of the birth to check on the well-being of you and your family, answer questions, and arrange for a postpartum visit at a mutually convenient time. During the postpartum visit, the doula will review the birth experience, answer any questions you may have, admire your baby, and offer referral information for professional resources, if needed. $50
- Check out our “Other Services” tab to learn more about extended postpartum support, which includes breastfeeding consultation and support, meal preparation, newborn-care instruction, physical care of mother and newborn, emotional support to prevent postpartum depression, and other helpful services.
What Doulas Don’t Do:
- Doulas are not health care professionals and do not perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and taking blood pressure. They are there to provide only physical comfort, emotional and information support and advocacy.
- Doulas do not make medical decisions. Doulas will help clients get the information needed to make informed choices.
- Doulas do not speak to medical staff regarding matters where health care decisions are being made. Doulas can discuss concerns with clients and suggest options, and can support clients and/or their partners in discussions with staff as an advocate, but it is the client or the client’s partner that will speak on the client’s behalf to the medical staff.
- Doulas will not prescribe, diagnose, or treat any medical problems that may arise. This is the role of the client’s primary caregiver.