Expectant mothers and their partners may choose to hire a doula as another member of their birth team.
Different from a medical care provider, doulas do not perform clinical tasks but instead offer emotional, informational, and non-medical physical support.
Although every birth professional offers their own specific services, birth/labor doulas typically meet with their clients prenatally to discuss a variety of topics such as birth plans and comfort measures for labor, and often also provide phone support during the pregnancy. A birth doula might work with clients seeking to give birth at home, in a hospital, or in a birth center (or any of the three), and is present during labor and delivery and the immediate postpartum recovery phase. Postpartum doulas can provide support to a mother in a variety of ways in the days, weeks, or months after delivery, such as helping her get adequate rest and nourishment, giving breastfeeding encouragement if she has chosen to nurse, providing information on newborn care, helping with visits from family and friends, or easing the transition into becoming a larger family.
Here is information on some of the local independent doulas in our community:
Birth doula Jaime Hogan is also a certified childbirth educator (CCE) through the Florida Outreach Childbirth Education Program (FOCEP), and a certified Birth & Bereavement Doula® (SBD). She is passionate about supporting women and their partners in experiencing childbirth on their own terms, full of confidence and joy. Visit innerwildbirthsupport.com to learn more or to schedule a complimentary first meeting.
Jill Kay is a passionate advocate for informed birth choices. A DONA-certified birth doula, she has been serving families since 2009 and believes in the ability of a woman’s body to labor and birth naturally. She is dedicated to providing nurturing support to expectant mothers and their partners, and empowering them to create the birth experience that is right for them.
Having additional training in rebozo work, breastfeeding education, herbs and oils for labor and VBAC support, Jill is well prepared to meet the needs of her clients and to support them in a hospital setting, at their home, or at a birth center. Jill can be reached at 561-702-7191.