A doula can ease your fears
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
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
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.
owner and operator of Birth Empowerment Support Team (B*E*S*T) Doula
Service, tracy hartley has supported over 500 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.
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
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.