The term “doula” is defined as an Ancient Greek word meaning “female slave.” Marshall Klaus and John Kennell, who conducted clinical trials on the medical outcomes of doula-attended births, adopted the term to refer to a person providing labor support. The term is also used for women who come to support the new family just after the birth, mothering the new family.
Numerous studies have shown women who had a doula for labor tended to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, a reduction in negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience, a reduction in the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans and a reduction in the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals. Parents were shown to feel more secure and cared for, a re more successful in adapting to new family dynamics, have greater success with breastfeeding, have greater self-confidence, have less postpartum depression and have lower incidence of abuse.
We are one of the most experienced doula groups in the state. Our group has supported couples in more than 1000 births! We service the metro Atlanta and Athens areas.
We are available for unlimited telephone and email support throughout pregnancy. We offer prenatal meetings- one minimum, sometimes two to discuss your birth ideals and to get to know each other more. We provide unlimited labor support- one fee no matter how long your labor may be. We will attend you during the middle part of your labor in your home, depending on location and distance to the hospital.
During your pregnancy, labor and postnatally we offer:
- support and encouragement
- support for your partner
- communication of non medical concerns
- relaxation techniques
- some reflexology and acupressure
- massage and touch therapy
- guided imagery
- position suggestions
- pain coping ideas and guidance
- a birth story or timeline
- continuity of care
- breastfeeding assistance
- follow up communication as needed
We stay an hour or so after the birth to assist with breastfeeding. Most of our doulas have personal experience to share with you in helping you initiate breastfeeding successfully. We offer a postnatal meeting to share your photos and story and for the doula to see “her baby,” once you are ready to get out and about. We back each other up in case of an emergency that does not allow us to attend your birth, but you choose your primary doula. This is very rare but can happen.
Our labor doula fees range from $525 for less experienced doulas to $1150 for the most experienced doulas in our group. We all include all of the services above. A fee is paid by an initial retainer of $250 and the balance being due two weeks before your due date. We also offer payment plans and never want our fee to discourage your use of one of our doulas. Teresa offers a reward incentive program for reducing her fee.
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How do you hire a labor doula?
Email Delandra at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her 770-241-2078. She will send you an informational packet to review. You can then have a phone interview with any and all of the doulas whose profiles interest you. Their phone numbers are in the packet. You can then set up interviews with the doulas who you feel best meets your needs. At the interview you may choose to hire a doula. Or you may choose to attend a Mingle and Meet to meet us all in person and hear us talk about our full list of services. Many times couples hire a doula at the tea that best meets their needs.
After you have chosen your labor doula and paid the retainer, she will contact you to let you know the agreement has arrived. Communication via phone calls, emails and texts are always a welcome opportunity to get to know you better. Feel free to contact her along the journey. Around 34 weeks you should have your prenatal meeting lined up. This is an opportunity to meet face to face to discuss your birth ideals. At 38 weeks the final payment is due and this puts the doula officially on call. If you have a baby prior to this time, your doula will do her best to meet your needs, and if that is not possible, a back up doula from within Labor of Love will do so.
You can make payments on our website by going to the STORE link and there is a subcategory of payments and registration. Please mark pick up so you are not charged shipping. Or you can mail the payment to the address below.