What are the advantages of using a doula?
There are many advantages to working with both birth and postpartum doula's. For women who don't have family or other postpartum support, working with a postpartum doula is exactly what they need. There's much evidence based information that show working with a postpartum doula reduces the risk of postpartum depression by at least 25%. Postpartum doulas are very helpful especially to first time moms, mother's of multiples, adoptive families and families with siblings.
What advice do you give to clients who are considering using a doula?
Sometimes people want to hire a doula but they aren't sure why or in what capacity. I recommend siting down with your partner and writing down all the reasons you think you'd want a doula. I have assessment sheets on my website, www.pathwaypartner.com, which will help make this an easier task. Also, hiring a doula is so very personal, make sure you interview them on the phone and in person. You want to feel good about who you hire. After all, you'll be working with them on a very personal level and in your home.