Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What is a doula?

A doula is a companion who provides non-judgemental support to individuals as they transition through major life experiences. Most professional doulas accompany individuals and their families through the experiences of conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. However, one can find doulas holding space for many of life’s other big events as well. Some birth doulas start relationships with families long before birth during the prenatal period, while others meet immediately before, during or after birth. The use of a doulas is low-risk, highly effective and proven to improve birth and postpartum outcomes.

So, not the same as a midwife or Ob?

A doula does not provide clinical or medical care and is instead trained to provide customized informational, emotional, and physical support to help individuals meet their pregnancy, birthing and postpartum goals. Medical care providers (midwives, obstetricians, etc.) are responsible for managing your medical care, including diagnosing complications and offering care plans based on potential outcomes.

why “EVerybody’s”?

Reproductive experiences are embodied ones, and no matter what type of relationship we have with our bodies, its important to be honored for who we are in them. Anyone seeking doula support deserves to have it. EveryBody’s Doula seeks to meet you where you are, exactly as you are, while providing high quality doula support. Whether you are intimately connected to your body or generally confused by it. Firmly rooted in your identity or fostering evolution and change. Everybody’s Doula celebrates every body.

What does a doula do?

Doulas share information and resources. Doulas build trust with you, fostering a safe space for you to ask questions and have your concerns addressed. Doulas answer middle of the night texts and cheer you on. Doulas refill water bottles, squeeze hips, and hold hands and also witness strength, celebrate growth and honor transformation. A doula’s job is to strengthen your existing support system and anticipate your needs allowing you to focus on what is important to you.

When Should i Get a doula?

Whenever you’re ready! There is no “right” time to secure support for yourself. Many doulas offer meetings, share customized resources and offer time to build a relationship together so the sooner you connect, the more potential benefit you’ll give yourself.

Commonly Used Terminology

FULL SPECTRUM DOULA: An individual who provides support using the doula model of care to people across the full spectrum of life’s experiences, including various pregnancy experiences and outcomes including abortion, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage, stillbirth, birth, postpartum and end-of-life care.

BIRTH DOULA: A individual who provides continuous support during labor, birth and immediate postpartum period. Birth doula relationships typically start while the client is still pregnant.

POSTPARTUM DOULA: Doula who provides pre-scheduled, intermittent, in-person support during the first several weeks of infancy all the way through toddlerhood and beyond.

PRENATAL: The period of time before childbirth. Usually considered the time right before and during pregnancy.

POSTPARTUM: The period of time after childbirth. Can be considered a few weeks, or several months, depending on perspective.

PERINATAL: The period of time immediately before and after birth.

MIDWIFE: A trained professional who oversees the reproductive medical care of individuals, especially during pregnancy and birth. 

OB-GYN: A medical doctor and surgeon who oversees the reproductive medical care of individuals, especially during pregnancy and birth and who specializes in the treatment of higher-risk pregnancy and cesarean surgery. 

LACTATION CONSULTANT: A trained professional who assists individuals with human lactation, breast/chest-feeding, and pumping. 

PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS (PMAD) - Psychological and emotional shifts that result from experiences during childbirth and postpartum. These are more serious than the usual transition-related bumps, and many times benefit from professional help and support.

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