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What is a doula?

Why should I use a doula?

How do I find a doula?

How do I choose a doula?

From Clients


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What is a doula?

As a birth doula, I am trained to give continuous support during childbirth and the initial postpartum period. I have been practicing as a doula for 17 years. I am also a certified childbirth educator and DONA (Doulas of North America)-approved doula trainer. Three of my six children were born with the support of a doula. If I had known about doulas with my first three children, they, too, would have been born with the support of a doula.

My doula service includes at least two prenatal visits that will allow us to get to know one another and give you the chance to communicate your specific needs. Together we will design individualized comfort techniques that may include (but not be limited to) massage, guided imagery, relaxation and breathing techniques, calming music, emotional and physical support and positive feedback. I am willing to support you in the kind of birth you choose whether it be a home birth, in a hospital or birth center, a natural birth or a medicated birth.

After your baby's arrival, I will be available for breastfeeding consultation and postpartum support during the first few weeks following childbirth. I will also provide:
  • Sensitivity and flexibility to the changing need that occur as labor progresses
  • References and resources for books, videos, childbirth classes, etc.
  • Skills to enhance communication between families and health care providers
  • Support for the immediate and extended family
  • Breastfeeding and early parenting education

Why should I use a doula?

The benefits of a trained birth doula are:
  • Continuous emotional and physical support of the birthing family
  • Support of the father, which increases his confidence in his role
  • A knowledgeable, accessible resource and advocate
  • A 50% reduction in cesarean birth
  • A 30% decrease in request for pain medication
  • A 25% decrease in the length of labor
  • Reduction in medical costs
  • Increases breastfeeding success

How do I find a doula?

Use our contact form, send e-mail to services@thenurturingplace.com, or call us at (801) 763-7338.

If you have not had the opportunity to interview other doulas, I will give you a list of names and phone numbers. You may wish to interview each person recommended so you can find the best fit for your personality. Doulas have various levels of experience and offer a variety of individual services.

Fees vary depending on services offered. No woman will be denied labor support because of inability to pay.

How do I choose a doula?

When considering a compatible doula, you might consider asking the following questions:
  • What training have you had?
  • Tell me (us) about your experience with birth, personally and as a doula.
  • What does your service include?
  • When do you join women in labor?
  • Do you meet with me (us) before the birth to review our birth preferences and answer questions?
  • What unique comfort measures do you offer?
  • Do you offer breastfeeding support?
  • Do you work with a backup doula? May we meet with her?
  • What is your fee?

From Clients

"During the past two years, I have worked with more than 100 families who have chosen a doula. They tell me time and again, "We couldn't have done it without her."
... A hospital Pregnancy Care Coordinator

"Doulas have my full support. They are a definite necessity for most laboring women. Doulas reassure, comfort, and support, which helps in relaxation and often shortens labor."
... An obstetrician

"Kristi, I want to memorialize our profound gratitude to you for your kind support. Sharing such an intimate experience with you somehow brought you immediately into our deepest heart. Even more so, you helped my wife accomplish one of her most important personal goals: natural childbirth. That victory has given her new insights into her own strengths and brought her that unique confidence and self-esteem that comes only through birth. We thank you for that."
...A father

"A doula and my family were the most helpful part of labor. Having Kristi there allowed my husband and me to just be close and feel as though we were both bringing our baby in to the world."
...A mother

"I believe that a woman can never have too much support. A midwife and doula can work together to support the birthing family."
...A midwife