Frequently Asked Questions
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
A doula can enhance the non-birthering partners experience by showing them how they can provide physical comfort, emotional support, and information to the birthing partner so they can be as involved as the couple wants them to be. A doula is an expert on birth, the partner is an expert on the birthing person, thus making a great complimentary team.
Who would benefit from hiring a birth doula?
- if you're worried about losing control during labor - if you;re nervous about the unknowns of labor and the safety of you and your baby - if you want unbiased, evidence-based childbirth education - if you want to know your rights as a birthing person - if you are interested in the spectru of pain relief options
What is a holistic doula?
Someone who supports a birthing person, their partner, or other support person during preconception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum by providing information, guidance, healing, and support. We may sometimes recommend our clients to make lifestyle changes in order to better support their bodies and goals. The primary responcibility of your doula is to support their clients visions for birth and postpartum.
What are some of the benefits of a professional, continuous non-clinical support person?
"Having a doula as a member of the birth team decreased the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for epidurals by 60%." - americanpregnancy.org
What does a birth doula not provide?
We DO NOT perform cervical exams, check blood pressure, check fetal heart tones, diagnose, prescribe or administer medication, tell clients what to do or not to do, work against medical professionals, replace the partner or other support person.
How can you help energetically?
Alyssa helps her clients understand and process or heal from their fears of the unknown or past traumas surrounding birth and postpartum. We may cover topics as they come up during pregnancy, postpartum, or even during active labor when labor has stalled. Sometimes an energetic block may stall labor progress so we work through this together. It is also ok if this magik isn't your jam, we can skip it.