Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center is proud to partner with New Life Birth Services. The New Life Doula Collective is available 24/7 to support Dar a Luz families who must suddenly transfer to a hospital before birth.
Doula (pronounced "doo-luh") is a Greek word that means "woman servant." Most often a doula's job is to "mother the mother" before, during and just after labor and birth, without ever taking the place of a woman's partner or her family. Doulas are different from midwives -- they do not provide medical care.
A doula is a trained and experienced birth professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. A doula often extends support to the mother's birth partner and other family members as well.
The presence of a doula has been shown to shorten labor, reduce pain, dramatically reduce the need for interventions such as epidurals and c-sections, increase satisfaction with the experience and deepen bonding with the new baby.
There are several ways you might receive doula services from New Life Birth Services:
Imminent delivery: Sometimes before labor begins, the mother must go to the hospital to get labor started or receive other interventions leading to delivery within a relatively short time. In this scenario, our midwives can call the doula collective and request a doula to assist the mother. The doula will help her cope with the sudden change of venue, help the family navigate the new realities of hospital birth, and support them through any interventions. She will also provide the mother with two postpartum visits to help process the experience and provide other emotional and practical support in the home. Families who utilize this service are billed directly by New Life Birth Services after birth.
Transfer in labor: Sometimes a mom who has been laboring at the birth center must go to the hospital before her baby is born. If that happens, our midwives can request a doula to meet the family at the birth center or the hospital and stay with the laboring family until the baby is born. This support can make a big difference in the transition from birth center to hospital. It also helps families feel that a part of the birth center experience has come with them into their new birthing space. The doula will visit the family once after birth to help them process the experience and provide other emotional and practical support in the home. Families who utilize this service are billed directly by New Life Birth Services after birth.
Private hire: Some parents decide they'd like to have a doula no matter what, whether they birth at Dar a Luz or transfer out of our care. These doula services are more comprehensive than those provided in the first two scenarios above (imminent delivery and transfer in labor), including benefits such as prenatal visits, massage, henna, birth blessing celebrations, meditation or hypnosis practice, birth plan writing, clarifying birth goals, prenatal yoga, placenta encapsulation, or other holistic support. Doulas from New Life Birth Services are available for private hire, and because they are familiar with everything about the birth center, we are proud to recommend them. Families who hire their own doula (with New Life or any other private hire) assume the full cost of those services. To find out about pricing and availability, contact a New Life Doula directly using the contact information below. We support you in whatever you choose.