My name is Brittany Wilkerson, and I am a birth doula. It is my belief that all birthing people should have the positive birth experience they envision. As your doula, my objective is to help you achieve a positive birth experience you envision through providing emotional and physical support, birthing insight and knowledge, helping to create a safe space, and always supporting with compassion and care. Your birth experience should be wholly yours, and truly what you want it to be, no matter what it is you envision.
What is a doula and why do I need one?
DOULA - A greek word meaning, “a woman who serves”. In labor support terms, a doula refers to a specifically trained birth companion who provides labor support. A doula is a support professional who provides continuous emotional and physical support and knowledge to a birthing person before and during labor and birth. They assist in gathering information for women and their partners during labor and birth, and offer help and advice in a variety of comfort measures that they are trained on to help you throughout labor. These comfort measures range from assistance in movement and positioning to help progression of labor and provide comfort, massage, verbal support, breathing techniques, relaxation, bath and shower assistance, hot and cold packs among many other measures that can be suggested and used. A doula helps you advocate for yourself by providing knowledge and insight so you can make informed decisions that you feel are best for you before and during labor.
The primary goal of the doula is to help a birthing person have a safe, positive, and satisfying childbirth experience, as the person defines it. Having constant support through comfort measures, insight and knowledge, and just having someone be there with you whose sole purpose is to support you through this experience, makes a huge impact on the overall birth experience.
Why you should have a doula - Aside from having an overall emotionally positive birth experience, those who have doula support are:
28% less likely to give birth by cesarean section
31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor.
9% less likely to use anesthesia
34% less likely to rate their birth experience as negative.