During the COVID-19 crisis expectant parents can have many concerns in this time as they plan for giving birth both in the hospitals and home births. Guiding Star Doulas are still here for your support. Virtual appointments and support are now available. Fill out our form below to schedule support or a consult. You deserve support before, during and after birth.
What is a Birth Doula?
While your partner is an irreplaceable support person that provides love and security, he or she has not likely had training regarding birth support, medical terminology, and physiology. The same is true about your mother, sister, or best friend.
Your care provider may not able to stay with you throughout the course of labor. The same is true for nurses or birthing assistants. While many care providers would love to be able to spend more time with you, they are typically caring for multiple mothers at once and are simply unable to give each their undivided attention. Additionally, their primary focus is your medical health (as it should be!).
A doula has invested time in developing a relationship with you, is professionally trained, and remains with you, providing emotional and physical support, through your entire birth!
Studies have shown the effects of having a doula present for your birth include:
- shorter labors with fewer complications
- reduced rates of intervention and augmentation, including the use of forceps, pitocin, epidural, and Cesarean-section
- more satisfaction with partners and the birth experience
- less postpartum anxiety and depression
- better breastfeeding outcomes
- reduced cost of obstetric care
Guiding Star Birth Doula Service Package Includes:
- 1-2 Prenatal appointments to plan your birth (including a birth preparation guide)
- 24 hour on call support beginning 2 weeks before your due date and up to delivery
- Continuous Emotional, Physical, and Informational support throughout the labor and delivery as well as 1-2 hours after
- 1 postpartum visit
- A detailed birth story
Certified Doula Package $700
Virtual Doula Package $400
Intern Doula Package $500 (Interns are working towards certification)
Virtual Doula Consultation $100 per hour
Financial assistance is available through the Labor of Love Doula Program. To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. At Guiding Star Siouxland, we believe that all moms deserve the birth of their dreams, and we never want finances to be a barrier!