Doula Services

Providing educational, emotional, and physical support to mother and family.

Experience Greater Satisfaction with Childbirth

Annie is a birth doula, a woman who works to provide educational, emotional, and physical support to a mother and her family throughout the childbearing year. Due to having young children at home, Dr. Annie is not currently attending births. She does continue to utilize her expertise in this area to provide support, advocacy, and information to help her patients work thru the decision-making processes surrounding pregnancy, the birth process and postpartum period and early years. She is also able to provide many resources including referral to other doulas, lactation consultants, physicians, birth classes, help for fathers, and resources for babies. Please call us if you are in need of these resources.

What is a Doula?

Doula is a Greek word that translates as slave to the woman, and through her knowledge, understanding, and experience in the birthing process, a birth doula will assist families in a multitude of ways. She especially recognizes the need to provide assistance in obtaining information to make informed decisions about women’s bodies and babies, and helps foresee and prevent unwanted interventions common to traditional medical practice.

Why Would One Need a Doula?

Published medical research has shown the positive effects of doula labor support in the birth setting. A doula’s presence during labor results in women in childbirth having shorter labors with fewer complications, less need for pitocin, reduced use of forceps and vacuum extraction, fewer requests for epidural anesthesia, and fewer cesarean births. Mothers with a doula continuously present during their labor have also been shown to experience greater satisfaction with childbirth, better postpartum bonding with the new baby, and fewer sick or distressed babies at birth. There is a correlation between the presence of a doula at birth, and decreased risk of postpartum depression. Babies born with a doula present have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries, and are able to breastfeed more easily. Dads and other partners whose child was born with a doula present also experience greater satisfaction, and feel more connected to the mother and child immediately postpartum.

*Please note that a doula is not a substitute for your midwife or obstetrician.

Scheduling An Appointment

To schedule an appointment call our office at (937) 339-8509. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message and we’ll return your call as soon as possible. If this is an emergency, please contact your local hospital immediately.