A doula can ease your fears

The fact that you are here, at this website, may mean that you are looking for something beyond a typical hospital birth experience. Perhaps you've heard horror stories about unnecessary and unwanted interventions, inductions and c-sections. Perhaps your first birth was 'a nightmare' and you're hoping for a calmer, easier, faster birth this time -- if you want to help make changes to hospital policies, be sure to participate in the Letters Project and to tell all of your pregnant friends.


If you are uncertain about what hospital is best for your type of birth, please check the Hospital Project, where hospitals are rated by experienced doulas based on what services, protocols and policies are in place. 


Perhaps you are here because you want your birth experience to be life affirming, rewarding and even enjoyable. This is your chance to feel empowered, safe and cared for and to have a better birth in a hospital, birth center or at home. The first step toward a better birth experience includes the support of a doula.

A doula can save you money

The presence of a doula during your labor can reduce the need for a surgical birth (c-section) by 40-60%. Your copayment for a surgical birth may be less than the doula's fees, and you may be reimbursed for up to 70% of your doula's fees by your insurance company. Even without reimbursement, you can save money by hiring a doula to prevent unnecessary and costly procedures. These charges include the cost of the anesthesiologist, the additional days mother and baby spend in the hospital, additional tests and procedures required for a baby born via surgery and the cost of postpartum help while the new mother recovers from major abdominal surgery. Can you afford NOT to hire a doula for your baby's birth?

About B*E*S*T Doula Service

B*E*S*T includes a wonderful group of


birth and postpartum doulas -- 


qualified birth professionals who come


from a wide variety of backgrounds. 


B*E*S*T doulas may be trained in Birth


Hypnosis (aka HypnoBirthing), Birthing


From Within, Bradley and/or Lamaze 


techniques. 




B*E*S*T doulas provide the information


you need to make good decisions 


about your pregnancy and birth and will


support you and your decisions


without judgment wherever and 


however you give birth.

About tracy hartley

The owner and operator of Birth


Empowerment Support Team (B*E*S*T) 


Doula Service, tracy hartley has 


supported over 650 Los Angeles area 


pregnant and childbearing women and 


their families since 1996. She has been 


quoted in The Doula Advantage by 


Rachel Gurevich and Easy Labor:Every 


Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain 


and More Joy During Childbirth by 


William Camann and Kathryn 


Alexander. She has also been seen on 


A Baby Story and featured on Channel 


7 Eyewitness News.

What is a Doula?

Birth doulas (also called childbirth


assistants, labor support 


professionals, birth assistants, or 


birth companions) provide 


emotional, physical and 


informational support during


pregnancy, labor, birth and immediate


postpartum. 



A doula does not replace the partner.


Instead she helps support the partner


so that he or she can love and


encourage the laboring woman. 


Doulas provide support in the hospital,


at home or at a birthing center -- 


wherever women give birth.