Austin, Texas Doula & Birth Photographer

Sorry about the hiatus while I move over the coming months. I would like to apologize to anyone who has waited longer than customary for me to respond to their inquiries.  I am moving to Austin, April 2014, and will be ready to accept new clients in April 2014. Stay tuned…

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Also, remember for each new referral who signs a contract with me you will receive $50 as my way of saying thank you for supporting small business.

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If I’m having a home birth, do I still need a Doula? « Bloomin’ Bellies

“When my partner and my midwife were busy, a Doula would have reminded me to focus and regain control. She would have explained to me that my labor was moving quickly and that I would be finished soon. She would have held my hand when I was frantically reaching out for connection.”

If I’m having a home birth, do I still need a Doula? « Bloomin’ Bellies.

What are the benefits of hiring a Doula?

Doulas reduce the labor time, reduce the need for medication, and reduce the need for Cesarean. Plus, there is the added bonus of a women there to support you.

The benefits of a trained doula are:

  • Continuous emotional and physical support for the birthing family.
  • Support for the father, which increases his confidence in his role.
  • Knowledge and experience in the birthing process.

Studies have also shown:

  • 50% reduction in cesarean birth
  • 30% reduction in requests for pain medication
  • 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia
  • 25% decrease in the length of labor
  • 30% decrease in use of Pitocin
  • Reduction of medical cost
  • Increased breastfeeding success
  • Greater overall satisfaction

Source: Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus, Mothering the Mother, New York, Addison-Wesley, 1993.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Partner’s have more confidence in their ability to assist in the birth.