Birth is the first and most significant life event that a mother experiences with her child and spouse or birth partner, one that will leave an indelible imprint. A mother may be surprised how, as the years pass and other memories fade, she will still be able to recount the details of these events. Not only will she be able to recall each part of the process, but she will also retain the emotional memory of the birth experience. Although birth is miraculous natural physical process, it can also be intense, and at times, unpredictable. Being as informed about pregnancy and as prepared as possible for the birth process will definitely have a positive impact the experience. However, it is still impossible to always be prepared for how a specific pregnancy and birth will unfold. That is why having a doula can really help.
“Doula" comes from an ancient Greek word that means “a woman who serves”. It is the term now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Recent studies have also shown that the type of caregiver makes a difference when it comes to the positive impact of continuous labor support. According to the 2011 studies published by the Cochrane Library, when compared with women who did not have continuous support, woman who used labor support companions who were not part of a the laboring woman’s family or social network or a part of the hospital staff were:
* Ability to file for personal reimbursement with your health insurance for services, and/or sliding scale service pricing available based on need
* For clients outside the greater Nashville area, an additional $50 is added to Doula services, for additional transportation expenses, only if determined to be needed