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What is a doula? 

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves".  It is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth and during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.


​As a birth doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. 

​I draw on my professional training, knowledge, and experience to provide emotional support and physical comfort.  I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner. I might make suggestions for labor progress. This might include massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.

I am independent and self-employed.  As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.  You hire me when we have signed a contract and you have given a retainer fee.  

Before labor.
I will meet with you and your partner to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities, fears and concerns.  We will also discuss your birth plan and to plan how we might best work together.  We will remain in touch by phone and/or email.

I want to know your best ways of coping with pain and fatigue. I encourage ways how you and your partner might work together.  I can suggest ways to write your birth plan, if that is still in process.

I will also inform you of times when I am unavailable for labor support.  To cover those times, I will arrange a qualified back-up doula.  

In Labor.
I join you and your partner when you wish.  For some parents this is in their home and for others I join you at the hospital.  I help remind you of your birth plan and wishes.  I'm the pause button to ease you into the choices to be made.  I encourage the mother and father to be the best team they can be.  I look for ways to support you both.

After birth. 
I remain with you for one or two hours after the birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.  I can also help with initial breastfeeding, if you wish.  I am available to answer questions about the birth or your baby.

At home.
About four days after birth, I make a home visit to see how you and your baby are doing.  We can review the birth and and concerns you have regarding new motherhood.  I make a phone call once a week for four weeks to help you find resources to meet your concerns and needs as you adjust to a new baby.  

Let's talk about your plans for the birth of your baby!  

​marciamattern@gmail.com

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