WHY HAVE A DOULA?
The needs of a laboring person are dynamic. The doula provides emotional care and support throughout and works with the medical practitioners (doctors, midwives, nurses). The doula is not a replacement for the partner. It is an opportunity for both birthing person and partner to feel supported, giving space for relaxation and connection. There is overwhelming evidence that doulas have a positive effect on birth outcomes and benefit birthing people directly.
I highly recommend Lauren as a doula. We just had our first child and my husband and I were looking for someone who could support us both throughout the process. Lauren was perfect. Starting at about 36 weeks I started having extreme pelvic pain and Lauren had many helpful tips to help aliviate that pain. During labor Lauren met us at our home and helped us decided when to go to the hospital. At the hospital she helped my husband support me and suggested various useful laboring positions. My labor did not go according to my plan (surprise surprise) and Lauren made sure that I understood each decision that had to be made. She was supportive of the decisions we made, didn't push her own opinion, and constantly worked to make me as comfortable as possible. She has a positive attitude and a sense of humor and we highly recommend her services.