If you‘re not pregnant, you probably won’t need one. 😉 If you are pregnant, then YES! Yes, you should. Here's why:
Hiring a doula comes with amazing wellness benefits including a shorter labor with less pain. Say what? But that’s not all. The American Pregnancy Association states that, “Other 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%. Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor.”
A doula is a birth coach. In the book The Doula Advantage, a doula is described as “a professional who provides emotional, physical, informational, and practical support for the expectant, laboring, or postpartum mother. She does not perform any medical tasks but actually complements the medical birth team.”
*The total fee for these services is $500. For the next 2 clients who hire me I am offering a 60% discount for a total of $200.
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My doula (Julie) was extremely supportive and was there for me throughout my labor and delivery with twins. She helped me through my labor with ease and I don't think I would have been able to do it without her. Having a doula made it so much better. Essential oils really helped me relax and stay focused and concentrated on labor. Everything was exactly what I imagined it would be! My birth experience was amazing!
Julie was a great coach from the start. Always checking up on me to see how I felt or if I needed anything. She’d remind me to relax with my Braxton Hicks Contractions. The closer I got to deliver I felt I could easily talk to her day or night about how my body was functioning. I went into labor and had an hour to the hospital. I had lots of back labor and she rubbed me the whole way. When we got there the nurse that was checking to see how far along I was was hurting me excruciatingly. She stopped the nurse and found me a new one. Everything went smooth after that. During labor she gave suggestions on what to do next. She was very helpful. I got in the tub and had a popsicle. I had my daughter without an epidural like planned and breathed and relaxed through it all. I highly recommend Julie with her incredible experience and mentor capabilities.
Julie offers Birth Doula Services to families in Lancaster County SC and surrounding areas including:
Indian Land, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Waxhaw, Ballantyne and Charlotte, NC.
Serving women in homes, hospitals and birth centers.