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Imagine your birthing day. You are calm, you are present. Your partner supports you like a rock star. You welcome your baby into your arms, awed by the power of body and soul. You've waited nine months for this (but really, you've waited years), and the moment arrived with you at the helm, your support crew rallied around you.
I'm so glad that you are thinking about doula support. I'm a firm believer that things in life are better with a community. As your doula, my job is to help you find the peace of mind to approach your birthing day with assurance, knowledge, and even excitement (yes, it is possible)! My job is to help partners be confident in supporting you, as much as they want to and are able. I know how unknown birth can feel to about-to-be parents (whether it's your first or your third), but my presence as your doula makes both of your roles just a little bit easier (okay, my clients would say a LOT easier).
Doulas are awesome. For years it's been known that doulas help decrease a woman's desire for pain medications, lower the risk of induction and cesarean, and can shorten her labor time. It's also well-documented that the presence of a doula helps guide you into successful breastfeeding, improves birth experience, and sets parents up to embrace the challenges a new baby brings. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has even sung the praises of doulas as a "beneficial yet underutilized measure" in preventing cesarean sections for first-time mamas.