Unfold Doula Collective
Unfold works with a collective of birth and postpartum doulas, handpicked by Unfold's founder, April Lovett, an experienced birth doula and childbirth educator. Our doulas vary in experience, focus and investment. We would love to help you find the doula that will help you have the best birth and postpartum experience possible. Make sure to check our schedule to see when our next Meet the Doula night is happening, so you can have the chance to meet multiple doulas at once.
Contact us below with your due date, planned location for birth and city of residence and we will pair you with an available doula so you can schedule your free consultation.
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What does a birth doula do?
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Looks after your partner (gives them breaks) and helps keep them involved at his/her comfort level
Why have a doula?
Studies have shown that having a doula:
- 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.
- Reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans.
Benefits for the birth coach/partner:
- Doulas do not take the place of the birth partner.
- Partner can be involved to their own comfort level
- Support and help the partner
- Allows them to take breaks without leaving mom alone
- Increased confidence in assisting the laboring mother
- Partners view birth experience more positively
Doulas do not:
- Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, fetal heart tone checks, vaginal examinations, or postpartum clinical care.
- A doula is there to support the birthing mother and loved ones and the goal is to help you have the best birth experience possible, whatever that means to you. .
- The transition into new parenthood can be vulnerable, and postpartum doulas are experts in emotional support, active listening and encouraging new moms and dads to follow their own hearts. Empathy, a hug or even a good laugh together can do so much for a new parent!
Evidence-Based Information and Support
- Postpartum doulas are trained to understand what new babies – and new mothers – truly need. The doula helps with soothing techniques, offers breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, and explains normal newborn behavior.
- It’s all hands on deck with a new baby, and postpartum doulas can help the days go by more smoothly by helping with the baby’s laundry, doing the dishes or preparing simple, nourishing meals.
Partner and Sibling Support
- A new baby means transition for everyone, including parents, grandparents and little brothers and sisters. Postpartum doulas understand what everyone needs, and part of their role is to help the entire family adjust and settle in.