Fort Collins Doulas Welcome! AWHC Supports Your Birth Choices
At A Woman’s Healing Center, we love to develop relationships with our patients, and that includes supporting their birth choices. Our number one goal is to provide a positive labor and delivery process that is individualized to you. That’s why we welcome doula support as a birth option for our patients.
Haven’t heard of a “doula”? Read on for more information about what doulas are, the role they play in birth, and how to decide if a doula might be right for you.
What is a Doula?
A doula is:
“a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”
In short, they can help you and your partner feel supported both emotionally and physically, and make a positive impact on the process as a whole. Doulas often come to your home to provide support during early labor – when it’s too soon to go to the hospital – then accompany you and your partner to the hospital and are there to support you through the birth of your baby.
Do Doula’s Provide Medical Care?
No, doulas are not medical professionals and do not provide the care that an OB-GYN or midwife provide during labor. Doulas provide emotional support. They are someone that moms-to-be choose to have on their birth team in addition to their doctor.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Doula?
A doula can offer both you and your partner support in several different ways. Research even shows that women who hire doulas are less likely to use pain medication, and more likely to report a positive childbirth experience.
Doulas can give you ideas for new positions to make you more comfortable and progress your labor. They can also comfort you with touch, counter pressure, and breathing exercises. The use of touch and different positions can help babies find their way into the right position and through the pelvis.
A doula can also help you and your partner feel supported emotionally. They are trained to ease the emotional experience of birth and allow your hormones to work how they should. No matter how complicated the birth, families benefit from the nurturing of a doula during labor and delivery.
Your partner, whether romantic, a family member, or friend, is a big part of your birth experience. Doulas are also there to help support your partner in all the ways they’d like to be involved. At A Woman’s Healing Center, your partner can even catch the baby if they want!
How Do I Hire a Doula?
If you’re interested in hiring a doula, you most likely start with an initial consult. During this meeting, you can get to know your doula, and ask questions to decide if they’re a good fit for you and your family. Some things to consider and talk about during your consult are the doula’s training and experience, the services they offer, their availability, and their fees.
If you want to know more, click here to take a look at the DONA Doula Hiring Guide.
Our patients frequently have doulas at their births and several local Fort Collins Doulas have a great relationship with our doctors. If you’re thinking about hiring a doula, bring it up at you next prenatal appointment – our doctors may be able to provide you with names and recommendations.
Labor & Delivery at A Woman’s Healing Center
Our practice is independently owned and operated, which is why we’re able to develop quality relationships with our patients and devote the time and resources needed to deliver the best prenatal medical care. Our all-female doctors are all board-certified obstetricians who are capable of supporting you through your pregnancy and birth.
We operate and deliver only at the Birthing Center at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. The hospital offers high-risk obstetric care, as its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the best in the nation.
Want to start planning your labor and delivery with A Woman’s Healing Center? Please contact us or fill out the form below to request an appointment.