The role of a Birth Doula
The word "doula" comes from a greek word meaning "female slave or servant." In the modern context, a Birth Doula is a woman professionally trained in labor support with the experience and skill set to support women and their partners throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery and the early postpartum time. Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.
A Birth Doula is not...
A birth doula is not a medical professional and does not provide any medical care. Although doulas are knowledgable about the birth process and medical interventions, our roles during birth are different than medical staff. Your doula will provide non-medical support to mother and father throughout the entire pregnancy and works only for you, not for a hospital or medical office. Whereas your nurse, midwife or doctor may be caring for many patients and be unable to give you his or her undivided attention.
What about dads?
Many dads are concerned that the birth doula will displace them during the birth of their child. The role of a doula is never to take the place of the father but to compliment and enhance the experience for both parents. Your doula will help you to craft a birth plan which includes the father in whatever capacity he desires. Some dads prefer to wait in the hallway and some want to catch the baby. Regardless of your vision, we are here to support both mother and father and facilitate the best birth experience possible.
What's different about a New Creation Doula?
When you hire a New Creation Birth Doula you can rest assured you will receive top-notch, evidence based support, education and service. As a collective we support each other through prayer, regular continuing education and back-up support so no matter what you will receive the care you need when you need it. As followers of Christ we hold ourselves to high standards of conduct with our clients, medical professionals and other birth workers always seeking to glorify God through our service.
New Creation Birth Doula Services Include:
Application of your childbirth classes
Help creating a birth, newborn, and postpartum plan
In-person prenatal meetings where we will discuss your desires for birth
24/7 on-call time for your birth beginning at 38 weeks until you deliver
Text, email, and phone support in the weeks and days leading up to your birth
Continuous support for duration of labor & delivery
Immediate postpartum support and assistance establishing breastfeeding
Optional in-person postpartum visit between birth and 6 weeks
* We place a big emphasis on education because we see a big difference in birth outcomes with educated parents who have taken a class versus those who have not. Because of this, we significantly discount our 12 hour childbirth education class for all birth doula clients.
Birth Doula Packages
We believe education is key so we discount our services when you combine doula services with the childbirth class.
$1350 Doula Services
$850 Associate Doula Services
*Associate doulas are fully trained professional birth doulas who offer the same doula services as New Creation’s founder Susanna, the one difference being experience. As New Creation’s founder, Susanna brings her years of experience and has helped train and mentor New Creation’s associate doulas to be the best they can be. Associate doulas are happy to offer their services at a lower rate while also providing exceptional and professional care for expectant parents. See individual doula profiles for more information.