Meet Bay Area Birth and Postpartum Doulas
How to Prevent a C-Section: "Continuous labor support, including support provided by doulas, is one of the most effective ways to decrease  the cesarean rate."

Meet the Doula Nights across the Bay Area. 
This site lists many Meet the Doula Events in the Bay Area.



Meet the Doulas of Tri Valley Doula Circle:

We hold monthly Meet the Doula Nights the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm in the East Bay. 
We usually have between 3 and 6 doulas in attendance. This is a FREE event that lasts about an hour. Please RSVP to (925) 413-6328 or email
 for meeting location. For more information click here

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Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Have lower incidence of abuse

10 Reasons You Should Hire a Doula

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Statistics of Doula-Supported Births

 

Why Use a Doula?
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.

DONA International doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period. We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. We offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.


DONA International is a great place to learn about Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Questions To Ask A Doula

The following questions will help you decide if a particular doula is right for you. For any doula:

(888) 788-DONA

Fax: (30 3) 755-7363

www.DONA.org

What training have you had? (If a doula is certified, you might consider checking with the organization.)

Do you have one or more backup doulas for times when you are not available? May we meet her/them?

What is your fee, what does it include, and what are your refund policies?

When interviewing a birth doula:

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Tell me/us about your philosophy about childbirth and supporting women and their partners through labor.

May we meet to discuss our birth plans and the role you will play in supporting me/us through childbirth?

May we call you with questions or concerns before and after the birth?

When do you try to join women in labor? Do you come to our home or meet us at the place of birth?

Do you meet with me/us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?

When interviewing a postpartum doula:

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Tell me about your experience as a postpartum doula.

What is your philosophy about parenting and supporting women and their families during postpartum?

May we meet to discuss our needs and the role you will play? What different types of services do you offer? When do your services begin postpartum? What is your experience in breast-feeding support?

Have you had a criminal background check, a recent TB test? Do you have current CPR certification?

You may want to interview more than one doula to find the right one for you.


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