I believe that being pregnant and giving birth is the most beautiful journey a woman can take. Not only do you get a precious baby but you become a mother. The birth of your child is something you take with you and keep in your heart forever. I would love to be the person to support you and your family as you take this journey into motherhood!
- Tori Hinkle
Labor Doula Services
A Labor Doula is an experienced professional who is trained and educated in the labor and delivery process. She is not a medical provider, but she is experienced in childbirth and educated with up to date information on evidence-based practices.
A Labor Doula meets with you during your pregnancy to discuss your health, your hopes and fears. She will advocate for your choices and desires and will be there for you to inspire confidence about your labor and birth. She knows common policies and procedures with local hospitals and home birth providers so she can help you prepare for the kind of birth you want.
She also provides physical and emotional comfort during labor, with techniques such as nurturing touch and relaxation methods to decrease labor pain, relieve anxiety, and increase emotional bonding. She does not replace the role of the father, birth partner or other family, but rather empowers them to be a source of support for the mother. A Labor Doula caters her services to the individual needs of that family. Once your Labor Doula is called to support you during your birth, she does not leave until after you've had your baby.*
She is trained to help you with breastfeeding. After your birth, she will typically stay an hour or two to help start breastfeeding and help the new family settle in. Once you are home from the hospital, or a few days following your birth, she'll see you at home to make sure you are doing well. She can offer troubleshooting advice and make referrals if you need extra assistance.
*Exceptions are made during a long induction, or during procedures when the medical staff will not allow the Doula to be present.
Why Should I Hire A Doula?
Several studies have demonstrated that the continuous support of a labor doula have these beneficial effects: • 25% shorter labor • 50% fewer c-sections • 40% reduction in forceps use • 30% reduction in analgesia use • 60% reduction in epidural requests, In addition, long-term benefits include: • Improved Breastfeeding Rates • Decreased Postpartum Depression • Greater Maternal Satisfaction • Better Mother-Infant Interaction
Even the Amercian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is now recommending Doula care!
"Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. A Cochrane meta-analysis of 12 trials and more than 15,000 women demonstrated that the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery. Given that there are no associated measurable harms, this resource is probably underutilized."
• 1-2 prenatal visits
• Meeting with your care provider if desired.
• 24 hour on call availability during your due date range (4 weeks)
• Guaranteed back up Doula services
• Prenatal and early labor support and consultation
• Physical and emotional support during active labor and childbirth, continuing into the immediate postpartum period (usually 1-2 hours after birth) to assist with breastfeeding
• 1 postpartum visit to share labor record, birth story and provide breastfeeding support
• Ongoing support as needed and extensive referral services
Labor Doula Rates
The rate for my Labor Doula Services are $1200. This includes a minimum of the services listed above and birth fees can be split into payments, due by 36 weeks.
Do you have a baby registry? Ask friends and family to contribute to doula services as a registry item. Ask about special pricing for our military families.
Did you know? – Doula fees are reimbursable by health care FSA’s!