What is a Doula?

During pregnancy, one of the most common terms we hear is a Doula.

What is a Birth Doula?

A doula – or a Birth Coach, is a non-medical professional, trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth.

Doulas are trained and have the ability to provide comfort with pain-relief techniques including breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and laboring positions. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance. Studies have shown that women who have had a Doula present with them during childbirth, have

reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

Do I need a Doula?

Whether or not you want to hire a Doula is a personal choice made by the expecting mom and their partner. Some people prefer keeping everything in the hands of medical personnel, others are open to non-medical trained professionals who are able to provide emotional support and be their go-to support system when needed.

Finding a Doula:

The key to choosing a doula is to find a person with whom you feel comfortable. Most do not charge for an initial consultation, so take the time to interview as many as necessary until you find a good match who you feel comfortable with.

One of the most well known and reputable centers here in Bergen County New Jersey is The Nesting Place. The Nesting Place is a wellness, education and support center for pregnant and postpartum women serving northern, central and parts of south NJ, and Rockland County, NY.

Reach out to TNP today by calling (201) 623-3629 if you have questions regarding their Prenatal and Postnatal services, or visit https://www.thenestingplacenj.com/

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