Birth Doula Services
Providing You With Your Ideal Birth Doula
The New Mummy Company has an amazing team of Birth Doulas available to support you throughout your pregnancy and labour. Our hand picked team consists of certified, skilled professional Birth Doulas who are vastly experienced attending hundreds of births. Each Doula has their own unique style, which is why we ensure you interview to make the ideal choice for you. However, all our birth doulas have the same aim of making your birth as comfortable as possible while providing you with emotional and physical support as required.
“There is a secret in our culture and it is not that birth is painful but that women are strong ” Laura Stavoe
We recommend booking your Birth Doula as far in advance as possible to allow you the opportunity to meet and interview our Birth Doulas ensuring we match you up with the person who has the right philosophy for you and your family.
Early booking also allows you to build a relationship with your Birth Doula and get to know her during your pregnancy. Your Birth Doula can also be your Postpartum Doula if you wish to extend the time you have together. Please let us know at the time of booking if this is something that you are interested in.
Booking your Birth Doula through The New Mummy Company provides peace of mind knowing the stringent background and qualification checks have been completed and also that your Birth Doula will work hand in hand with other members of our team giving you a seamless service. Let us remove any concerns you may have in the selection process during this special time in your life.
Birth Doula Service:
Our Birth Doulas Provide the following service
- Two prenatal visits
- Two Postpartum visits
- Full birth support
- Assistance in the first hour or two following the birth
- Your Doula will be on call from 38 weeks awaiting the birth
What exactly is a Birth Doula?
A Birth Doula, also known as a Labour Doula is a birth companion to support the mother or the couple during labour. The word doula comes from the Greek meaning “a female servant” and now refers to a professional labour support companion.
At The New Mummy Company our Doulas will support you in your home in the months leading up to your birth answering any questions you may have and helping you plan out your birth plan. This period will allow you to gain a better understanding of what to expect during the labour and delivery of the baby(s)
Our Birth Doulas are the mother’s advocate and your non-medical birth coach ensuring you have continuous emotional, physical and practical support during labour.
Your Birth Doula will help coach you with respect to positioning and guide you through contractions. They will ensure you have the correct information at hand and allow you to ask the appropriate questions of the medical staff at the right time. The Birth Doula will also assist in the first hour or two after birth, usually to ensure that breastfeeding has commenced according to your birth plan.
In essence, our Birth Doula’s will help you get as positive and safe a birth as possible.
“The doula is trained and experienced in providing emotional support, physical comfort, and nonclinical advice. She draws on her knowledge and experience as she reassures, encourages, comforts and empathizes with the mother. She advises the partner about how to help, suggesting when to use particular positions, the bath or shower, and specific comfort measures.” Penny Simkin – The birth partner
The benefits of a Birth Doula
Research has shown that women who have a Birth Doula have shorter births, less caesareans, fewer interventions and more positive overall birth experiences. The Birth Doula can also help the medical staff who are busy dealing with the birth and are not necessarily able to provide emotional support. The Birth Doula can concentrate solely on relaxing the mother-to-be, making her less anxious and allowing the medical team to concentrate on their job.
- Tends to result in shorter labours with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about the childbirth experience
- Reduces the need for Pitocin or other labor-inducing drugs, forceps or vacuum extraction and caesareans
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Reference : Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth
In 2012, A study was published in the Cochrane review on the use of continuous support for women during childbirth. In a randomized trial, the researchers reviewed women in labour who either received continuous, one-on-one support or regular nursing care. The results showed that in situations where women received 1:1 support were more likely to have vaginal delivery and less likely to have taken any pain medication during labour. Most women felt positively about childbirth and in fact had shorter labours.
Statistics indicated that when continuous labor support is provided by a doula, women experienced a:
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*
- 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
(study link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23076901)
Birth Doula or Midwive – Whats The Difference?
We are asked this question many times and you can have both a midwife and a doula help you during the birthing process. We have provided some information below to help you when deciding the type of support, you are looking for at this most special time.
Birth Doula – A birth doula, also known as a labor doula is a birth companion to support the mother or the couple during labour. The word doula comes from the green meaning “a female servant” and now refers to a professional labour support companion.
Birth Doulas advocate for the mother and are a non-medical birth coach ensuring you have continuous emotional, physical and practical support during labour.
Midwife – A midwife is a trained medical professional, they play a key role during the birthing process. Certified nurse-midwives can do many of the same things as doctors, meaning they can perform gynaecological exams, provide prenatal care, administer pain medications, give labour-inducing drugs, monitor the fetus using electronic equipment, given an epidural and episiotomy and stitch tears.
Contact us today on 1 844 237 4686 to book your Birth Doula in Toronto (wider GTA) & Calgary.