Doula Support in Central Connecticut

Photo courtesy of Footprints Doula

Photo courtesy of Footprints Doula

I am the right doula for you if…

…you want unbiased information based on quality studies, communicated in plain English.

…you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed about pregnancy and birth, or you just want to make sure you are prepared for the road ahead.

…you are looking for someone who cares about your mental and emotional health just as much as your physical health.

…you want support and education for yourself AND your birth partner.

…you have complex family dynamics that needed to be navigated with care and understanding.

…you are looking for someone who not only respects your family’s unique qualities, but celebrates them.

…you want a “cheerleader” - someone to keep you feeling optimistic and encouraged, who can remind you that you are, in fact, an amazing, capable, strong human!

Still not sure I’m the doula for you? That’s okay!

Let’s meet up and see if we click!

 
 

Doula Support FAQs

 
This mama smiled through her ENTIRE labor. She was so strong!! Photo courtesy of Footprints Doula

This mama smiled through her ENTIRE labor. She was so strong!! Photo courtesy of Footprints Doula

What do doulas do?

As a doula, I am a resource for information. I am here to help you learn the risks and benefits of all the options presented to you. I am here to support whichever path you decide to take. I help your partner (if present) support you when you need them. I go over comfort measures, relaxation techniques, suggest position changes, and explain the processes of labor and birth in the moment so you can navigate any unexpected situations. I am your cheerleader, your ally, your confidant, a sympathetic ear, and a shoulder to lean on - literally. I contribute to better birth outcomes! After the birth and during our postpartum visit, I can help you with feeding, talk with you to decompress and process the events of your labor, or just sit and snuggle your new babe while you take a shower and eat some food. 

Is there anything doulas don't do?

A doula does not speak on your behalf, especially not to medical staff. I am not a medical professional and therefore do not give medical advice, diagnose or treat medical conditions, or perform any clinical procedures. I will help you understand the process of informed choice, explain your options and the associated risks and benefits, and I will hold space for you while you discuss it and make decisions. But it is up to you and your partner (if present) to advocate for yourselves. 

As your doula, I will work with you and your birth partner to achieve your pregnancy and birth goals. (Photo courtesy of Footprints Doula)

As your doula, I will work with you and your birth partner to achieve your pregnancy and birth goals. (Photo courtesy of Footprints Doula)

I'm the birth partner. Will a doula try to take my place?

Absolutely not! I'm there to support the birthing person and their partner. I know you want to be helpful in your role as a birth partner - and if you don't know exactly how to do that, I'm there to assist you. You know your partner, and I know birth - we’re a perfect team! If you and your partner are in a good rhythm on your own, I will cover the background tasks. (I know where the ice dispensers are!)

Does a doula have an agenda for my birth?

Well, kind of. My only goal for your birth is making sure YOUR goals are respected and you feel empowered. I don’t care if you’re planning an unmedicated birth, an epidural, a planned Cesarean, or anything in between. All births can be empowering if your preferences are heard and you are involved in the decisions, and part of my job as a doula is to try to facilitate that. Your birth story is a memory you will hold with you all your life, and we want to do everything we can to make sure you remember it fondly.