How a Doula Can Help You During Childbirth

Over the past weekend two DONA approved trainers; Mickey Jones and Sarah McKay, visited the High Country from Nashville, Tennessee and in order to train a wonderful group of women to be birth doulas.  These women came from all over the state of North Carolina and even one from South Carolina to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a childbirth doula and give women the support they so desperately need during the birthing process.  And, I was privileged to be able to host the training. After having my two children, I have always wanted to support women in the process and in the education of all that they can do to have the satisfying birth experience that they desire.

After all, the birth of your children is a very significant experience.  While at the training we were read a study where women were called and asked about their childbirth experience shortly after their child’s birth.  Then, they were called again 15 to 20 years later to recall the same experience.  The study found it very interesting that mothers recalled almost word for word their birth experiences.  Not only did they recall all the details, but they had the same emotions about the experience as well.  You can read this fascinating study here.

I am very excited to announce that I am now a DONA trained doula.  I will be working towards full certification from DONA International and I am excited to begin serving women in the High Country area.

Now, I know some readers out there may have a few questions like…

What is a doula?

A doula comes from the ancient greek and means “a women who serves.”  A doula will give non-medical, physical, emotional and informational support to women just before, during, and then just after birth.  A doula is a professional support to the mom before, during, and after birth.

Why hire a doula?

Studies have shown that women who hire doulas often need less medical intervention, they have shorter labors, heathier babies, and the babies breastfeed more easily.

To understand all your options as well as the benefits and risks associated with each option during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

To have someone assist you in carrying out the plans you have for your birth.

It will give your partner more freedom to participate in the birthing process.

So that the women in labor will have someone by her side throughout the process.

To facilitate communication between the laboring women, her partner, and clinical care providers.

So that the mother will have someone to support her through the birthing process in more ways than the birth. A doula will provide a mother emotional, physical and informational support to aid her throughout the process.

Do you have any other questions about how a doula can help you during childbirth?  Feel free to leave your comments below and I will answer them for you.  If you have any questions that you’d like answered in privacy feel free to email me at ourpeacefulhome [at] yahoo [dot] com.


  1. I have hired a doula for both of my births, and I will one day be a doula. The support and peace of mind throughout the labor was fantastic. I wouldn’t want to birth without a doula.

  2. Congrats!!

    I used a doula with my third child’s labor and delivery. I wound up with an emergency c-section but having the doula there was still very beneficial. I insisted that they let her in the operating room. She was very supportive and helped explain to us (better than the MDs) step by step what was happening before, during and after the surgery. Doulas are a wonderful support – to the mom and husband as well!!

  3. congrats! we had a doula for our first birth and having her there was a fantastic help. such a worthwhile calling to pursue.