Birth Doula Services
Congratulations! You're pregnant!
Two amazing words that will change your world forever. While your soon-to-be son or daughter is growing and getting bigger in your belly, you have lots of months to think about and prepare for their arrival. You may have thought about names, and paint colors for the nursery. But have you considered the actual BIRTH and laboring that will happen to bring your baby into the world?
We are here to help you! DONA International defines a Doula as "a trained professional, who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." A birth doula is not a medical doctor. She is not a midwife. She is your support system during one of the most exciting times of your life!
Why hire a birth doula?
Even science knows that there are many, many benefits to hiring a doula for your birth! Research has shown that women who use a birth doula are:
*Less likely to need Pitocin (to speed up/start delivery)
*Less likely to use or need pain medication during birth
*Less likely to have or need a cesarean birth.
*Decreases the risk of your infant spending time in the Special Care Nursery
*More likely to have a better breastfeeding relationship with their infant
*More likely to say they had a positive experience with birth.
The Birth Mavens
Isabelle and Sydney have a very unique approach to attending births as doulas. Their program brings with it three exceptional components: partnership, experience, and reliability. Together, they have 10 years of experience and have attended a combined 150 births! When you choose to have The Birth Mavens at your birth, you are guaranteed to have someone there to support you for the duration. Isabelle and Sydney will work as a team, starting with your prenatal meetings, continuing while they are on-call, when you labor at home, and of course when you bring your brand new baby into this world. With this approach, there is no need for back up doula, and you will already have a relationship with and feel comfortable with both of them when you go into labor. Our birth doulas will provide you with in home support, if you wish to labor at home (or give birth at home), they will a support you through the beginning of an induction, your birth at a birth center, or in a hospital. When you choose The Birth Mavens to support you for your birth, you also get the added benefit of the very extensive network that The Baby Mavens have built.
Why choose The Baby Mavens birth doula team?
The idea of having a birth doula at your side during your labor and delivery is not all that new! But a lot of people have not heard of a "doula" until more recently. Most often, a doula works one on one with a mom and her partner to offer support, education, comfort and assistance during the time mom is laboring and the delivery of her new baby. A doula will use a "backup" doula in case she cannot be there, and sometimes mom and her partner don't get to meet the backup doula before they go into labor.
When you choose to hire The Baby Mavens birth doulas, you get BOTH doulas as a package deal. Isabelle and Sydney will attend your prenatal meetings together. They will work together to provide 24/7 on-call support for the duration of your pregnancy. They will work together as a team to support you during your labor and birth. When you choose to work with the Baby Mavens, you are guaranteed to get professional doula support through the duration of your labor, no matter how long it lasts and no matter where the journey will take you.