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. Studies have shown women giving birth with a Doula require C-sections at a much lower rate.
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 of whom we are aware 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.
AMBER HARMON — Birth & Postpartum Doula and Infant Care Doula
Serving NWO, Northern Central 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.
ELLIE RISHER — Birth Doula
Serving NWO, NEO, SEM.
KAITLYN HOYER — Birth & Postpartum Doula, Bowling Green
KIM POHLMAN, RN, Childbirth Educator
Serving Perrysburg and surrounding area (hospital only -no homebirths)
MORGAN MAINOUS — Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula, CBE, Breastfeeding Counselor
Serving the Greater Toledo & Elmore areas
Facebook: Love Your Labor Birth & Postpartum Doula Services
MORGAN PALMER — Birth and Postpartum Doula
NICOLE DALEY, Birth Doula
Serving Toledo and surrounding areas
RENEE ZIMMERMAN, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Serving NWO and Northeast IN
RUTH KREAGOR, Birth Doula
TYANN N. SANCHEZ
Allen County, Indiana and Ohio counties Van Wert, Defiance, western Putnam, & Paulding