Experienced, DONA certified birth doulas serving the Washington, DC area
You may be asking yourself, What advantage would a doula bring to my birth? We recognize that birth is a key life event and the mission of By Your Side Birth Services, is to assist the birthing woman to achieve the best possible birth experience as defined by the mother through:
- Respecting and honoring the choices and challenges each woman faces as she gives birth
- Providing physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family
- Working with clinical care providers as part of the birthing team
Studies and our experiences have shown that the presence of a doula is beneficial for the mother, father and their baby. When asked, women reported greater satisfaction with the birth experience and expressed more positive assessment of their baby. Fathers and other support people felt better prepared to participate in supporting the mother during the birth with the guidance of the doula. The mother may have requested pain medication but often the request comes after labor is well established. Doula supported births tend to be shorter and have fewer complications. Doula support can contribute to increased rates and duration of breastfeeding and less postpartum depression.
The goal of By Your Side Birth Services is to be a part of your birthing team. We do not come to your birth with an agenda. We do not replace nurses or other medical staff. We do not make decisions for clients but are there to help you gather the information you need to make the right decision for you and your baby. We hope to enhance communication between you and your health care team and offer comfort, support and respect to the entire family.