What Does a Doula Do?

Dad as birth doula

A birth doula or labor doula is a person who supports the birthing family before, during, and just after the birth of the baby. DONA certified doulas are trained to deliver emotional support at home, from home to hospital, to ease the transition into the hospital environment, and be there through changing hospital shifts and alternating provider schedules. The doula serves as an advocate, labor coach, and information source to give the birthing person and partner the added comfort of additional support throughout the entire labor. There are a variety of titles used by people offering these kinds of services such as “birth assistant,” “labor support specialist” and “doula”.  My goal is to support your decisions as we work towards your ideal birth. I work with the birthing person and partner in the supporting role that they desire, from simply offering the partner/coach advice from the sidelines to providing full support throughout the birth.

A postpartum doula does not attend the birth but is a scheduled visit after the baby is born. Postpartum doulas may assist with mother and newborn care, feeding, light housework, meal preparation, and sibling care.

Birth Doula Services

I’m on call from 2 weeks before your due date until the baby is born. I will stay with the family from active labor until 1-2 hours after the birth. My role varies depending on the needs of the birthing family, from simple back up and advisor for the partner to full coaching and birth support. Birth doula services are $800.


  • Free consultation
  • One prenatal visit at
    the your home
  • Available by phone for questions throughout
    the pregnancy
  • Assistance writing a
    birth plan

At Home 

  • Arrives when the mother needs help coping
    with contractions
  • Timing contractions
  • Relaxation
  • Breathing
  • Massage
  • Position changes
  • When to go to
    the hospital

At the Hospital

  • Relaxation
  • Breathing
  • Massage
  • Position changes
  • Advocating for
    the parents
  • Supporting the birthing person’s birth plan
  • Offering options
    and alternatives 


  • 1-2  hours immediate postpartum support
  • Supporting the baby’s birth plan
  • Assisting with the first feeding
  • Assisting with the birthing person’s needs
  • A  postpartum home visit
  • A detailed written story of your birth experience

Postpartum Doula Services

Postpartum doula services and lactation services are available by the hour. Postpartum services are $40/hour with a 3 hour minimum. Overnights are available in 8 hour increments for $320. Lactaion services are available for $60 for a one hour visit. Services include:

  • Lactation & feeding support

  • Self care and recovery techniques

  • Light housekeeping and laundry

  • Meal preparations

  • Babywearing assistance

  • Sibling care

      • Practical infant care

      • Strategizing childcare options

      • Non-judgmental emotional support

      • Troubleshooting issues

      • Exploring parenting styles

      • Infant sleep guidance

      • Pumping guidance


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