Why Choose a Labor Doula?

We hired a doula to take the pressure off my husband as a labor authority so that he could focus on being involved in the birth experience.

Physician

Family Medicine, South Burlington, VT

A labor doula provides emotional support, physical comfort, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helps the new mother make informed decisions. A labor doula stays by the side of the mother throughout the labor and facilitates communication between her, her partner, and medical providers. A labor doula assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth. A labor doula is a nurturer and protector of the woman’s birth plan and experience.

Allison is educated in the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of women in labor. She works closely with several local OBGYN practices and Midwives to facilitate your birthing experience. She is not a medical provider. Allison provides labor doula support in Burlington area hospitals. She does not provide labor doula support for home birth or non-hospital locations.

How can Allison Support You? When do I need a labor doula? Why do I need a labor doula?

You can choose to start working with a labor doula at any time during your pregnancy. Allison takes clients as early as 12 weeks/3 months and as late as 38 weeks. She can help you with the following key prenatal expectations and consider birth experiences:

  • Personalized labor and birth support
  • Identify key birth goals and dreams
  • Weekly check-in emails about your health and development
  • Accompany you for 1-2 Prenatal Midwife or OB visits, or lactation consultant
  • Liaison between You and your Medical team about your personal goals and emotional state
  • Practice several scenarios of real life birth medical interventions
  • Pain management tools: Massage, water, counter pressure, heat, cold packs, birthing balls, posture adjustment, breath work
  • Uses supportive language
  • Asks what you and your partner what is needed for support
  • Inclusive of your partner
  • IVF, Adoption and gestational carrier supporter

pregnant Belly

What Exactly Does a Doula Do?

A labor doula provides emotional support, physical comfort, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helps the new mother make informed decisions. A labor doula stays by the side of the mother throughout the labor and facilitates communication between the her, her partner, and medical providers. A labor doula assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth. A labor doula is a nurturer and protector of the woman’s birth plan and experience.

What Doesn't a Doula Do?

She is not a medical provider. NO one but a OB/ GYN, MD, or Midwife should be giving you medical advice.

She does not provide labor doula support for home birth or non-hospital locations.

Do You Involve My Partner?

As much as is the goal, YES.