The goal of our Doula Service is to keep you as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout the labor process, which may shorten the length and intensity of labor. This, in turn, will allow you to enjoy your baby in those precious first few hours of life, and bond as a family. We believe that by supporting and empowering a woman in her child’s birth, we support her self-confidence in her ability to mother that child.
Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth. The Doula’s role is to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth. The Doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. She also assists families to gather information about the course of their labor and their options, so that the couple can make informed choices. Perhaps the most crucial role of the Doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort throughout labor, delivery, and postpartum.
The Doula is there in addition to, not instead of, the partner. Ideally, the Doula and the partner make the perfect support team for the woman, complementing each other’s strengths. Many studies have been done on the importance of a Doula’s support. They show that women who have a Doula present for the birth experience shorter labors. There is less need for pain medications, and a greater sense of satisfaction in the birth experience itself. Only 8% of women birthing with a Doula, require a Cesarean, while studies of women without a Doula show that approximately 55% result in Cesarean. Click here for the results of Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus.
The nurturing aspect of a Doula has a tremendous effect upon the whole family in the days and months after the birth. The baby’s health benefits greatly. Statistics show that these babies have fewer health problems, such as: runny noses, vomiting, colds, and poor appetite.There was a 25% increase in better relationships between husband and wife after a birth with a Doula present. There are benefits for the husband as well, including a greater bond with the baby and a closer bond with his wife. In addition to helping Mom, the Doula is also able to offer reassurance and guidance to the father through the birth process. She can offer him breaks, and make sure that he is meeting his needs so that he can be 100% there for Mom.
Whether you are giving birth at the hospital, birth center, or at home, a Doula can help you get the birth you want through information, support, and advocacy.
It has been said, “If a Doula were a drug,
it would be unethical not to give it to a laboring woman!”
List of Doulas in the Northwest Ohio
Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of the doulas that we are aware of in the NW Ohio area. We recommend that you interview them either over the phone or in person. Ask about their experience – how long has she been doing this work – and their fees. Fees should not be the determining factor – you get what you pay for! And the number of years being a doula may not be the best deciding factor either but, the number of births she has assisted with should be considered important. Also ask for their outcomes.
Archbold, Birth Doula
Based in Toledo
Birth Doula since 2014
Covering NWO, NEO, SEM.
JEANETTE ALBRIGHT, AHCC
Affiliated Instructor of The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
Located in La Salle, MI, serving Toledo, Monroe & surrounding areas.
JENNIFER MOYER — Northwest Ohio Birth Services
Serving the childbearing needs of Northwest Ohio: Prenatal/Postpartum Massage Therapy, Doula/Monitrice services, Placenta Encapsulation
KASEY MARIE DOEHRMANN
Birth & Family Services, Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula, Baby Wearing Consultant
KIM POHLMAN, RN
Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator: Perrysburg & surrounding areas.
MORGAN PALMER — Bloom: Birth and Post-Partum Doula Services
Birth Doula, serving Northwest Ohio
CHRISTINE SCARLETT, RN, BSN
Certified Lactation Counselor, La Leche League Leader, Certified Educator of Infant Massage, Postpartum Doula.
Assisting families with all of their non-medical postpartum needs, including readying the nest for baby.