My first pregnancy was high risk twins delivered by emergency C-section at 37 weeks (no doula), and then a baby in NICU for 6 weeks. The entire time I felt like I had no control over anything. This time around I wanted a calm normal birth. For me this primarily included a VBAC and a doula who could help me navigate what my options were during delivery. I feel that this time, with Tamara as my doula, has completely redeemed that first birth experience. Tamara helped me get more information in the prenatal phase, allowing me to feel more in control of my own pregnancy. I got my VBAC and was able to hold my newborn immediately after she was born. Tamara was a great support to me and to my husband.
— Tori N.

What Is a Doula?

A doula is a support person who comes along side of a woman during what we call the "birthing year," which includes the time when she is pregnant, the labor and birth, as well as the time just after baby is born.

Studies show that a when a woman receives continuous labor support provided by a doula women have better outcomes. Women with doulas experience: 

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin (Synthetic Oxytocin)

  • 28% decrease in the risk of Cesarean

  • 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

As a doula, one of the most important things I do is provide you with education during your pregnancy that empowers you to take ownership of your pregnancy and birth experience. This helps you to be your best advocate for your options, the first step of which is to learn what your options actually are! Whether you birth at home or in a hospital, you have many many options you may not even know are available. I get to share those with you so that you can have the best birthing experience possible. 

When labor day comes, I work as part of your birth team to provide physical comfort and emotional support. Whether that means rubbing your arms, providing counter pressure on your hips or lower back, or being a sounding board when decisions need to be made, I am there for you and with you. 

An important note on my role as your doula and circumcision: My greatest desire is to be a helpful, and trusted addition to your birthing team. Part of my role as your doula is to respect your body’s innate intelligence and help you advocate for compassionate, individualized, evidence based care. I believe that your baby's body will be born exactly as it should be and that his bodily autonomy should be respected. It's for these reasons that I cannot ethically doula for families who plan on circumcising their child. If you would like to discuss circumcision with me or you would like more information on keeping your child intact, please don't hesitate to reach out or you can visit Your Whole Baby.