What is a Doula

WELLSET GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Everything you need to know about working with a Doula

You may be asking yourself “What is a Doula?” and “How can I find a Doula near me?” Look no further! This WellSet Getting Started Guide is your jumping-off point.

Find a birth educator, find a doula, find a lactation consultant

DOULA OVERVIEW

Mothers, we’ve got you covered!


On the WellSet platform, we list trusted Birth Educators, Doulas, Midwives, and Lactation Consultants. For expecting mothers, couples, and those planning for conception, Birth Practitioners are an invaluable resource to provide guidance and knowledge during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transitions. So, if you are looking to find a Doula, you’ve come to the right place!

A large role of the Birth Educator is to provide direct support to expecting mothers as they transition through pregnancy into parenthood. This includes helping mothers feel independent, educated, and empowered while making important decisions surrounding their birth experience. They can provide in-person counseling from the first trimester into the delivery room and beyond, helping mothers feel grounded through the entirety of their pregnancy. 

Midwives and Doulas assist with easing the birthing experience and also act as a liaison between the family and hospital or birthing center. Midwives help deliver babies in hospitals and at home, making them a great choice if you are unsure of your birth location. They work holistically with new parents before and after the birth and can assist with a range of topics from nutrition and birth techniques, to lactation and weening.

After the birth of a child, more specialized practitioners such as Lactation Consultants can help a mother and baby acclimate to their new lives together.

Build your individualized birth support team

THOUSANDS OF TRUSTED DOULAS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Emily Braun- Doula
Holly Whitman -Doula
Helen Zoller -Doula
Claudia Gerbracht- Doula

WHAT SCIENCE IS SAYING

Better birth, breastfeeding, and communication outcomes

The International Childbirth Education Association states that Childbirth Educators can positively impact birth outcomes and parent satisfaction and endorses the concept of a health care circle, with the family in the center and a team of holistic providers around them.

“Benefits of prenatal education classes have included increased confidence for labor and birth among women who attended prenatal classes, higher likelihood of breastfeeding, improved communication between childbearing women and their maternity care providers, decreased need for analgesic medication in labor, and increased satisfaction with birth” (Chalmers & Kingston, 2009Enkin et al., 2000) via the NCBI.

Birth Educators create specific curriculum for families that can include spousal communication, breastfeeding practices, birthing techniques, pregnancy nutrition, lactation assistance. Some practitioners work as a team with other birth practitioners such as Doulas, Midwives and Lactation Consultants.  Use WellSet to find a doula or birth educator in your area!

Sources: ICEA, NCBI.

What our expert practitioners have to say

WE ASKED SOME OF OUR FAVORITE DOULAS WHAT TO EXPECT FROM WORKING WITH THEM

Lolettia Eady
Doula & Birth Practitioner

Lolettia Eady, Birth Practitioner

WELLSET: WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A Session with a DOULA?

EADY: A client can typically expect to be heard, catered to, and helped during a session with me.

WELLSET: How do you work to support mothers through the entire pregnancy and birthing process?

EADY: The best way I support my clients is by having options and resources available to them throughout the entire childbearing experience.

WORKING WITH A BIRTH EDUCATOR

Increases positive birth, breast feeding, nutrition, and communication outcomes, particularly with new parents. If you are going to be a new parent, it might be time to find a doula!

According to the Journal of Perinatal Education and the NCBI

Doulas help parents with:

Pregnancy, Pre Natal, Post Partum, Birth Support, Breast Feeding, Painful Periods, Fertility, Women's Health