What is a doula?
A doula has been defined as a woman who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to mothers and their partners before, during, and after childbirth. A doula uses her experience and the knowledge she's gained as she serves families and strives to help them make their own informed choices and achieve a positive birth and postpartum experience.
In childbirth, she can provide reassurance and perspective, make suggestions to help labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort.
In the often challenging days and weeks with a new baby, she can help ease the season of transition with both practical and nurturing care for the entire family.
"Sherry was good at being a comforting presence without being overbearing. It was beneficial to have someone on our team who was experienced and cared about helping us achieve our goals." ~ Abby
"She was honest and always there when needed. It was good to be able to comfortably ask questions." ~ Sam
"I think having Sherry's support during labor helped my husband and I to have the kind of labor we wanted and helped make labor a positive experience. She helped me focus through contractions and breathing and gave lots of encouragement!" ~ Carrie
"Sherry answered any questions we had and guided us through our birth plan, helping us make important decisions before they happened." ~ Jason
"Sherry was calm, confident, and reassuring through each contraction. She was easy to talk to, happy to answer questions, and sensitive to respect our decisions. Her research and input with my nursing problems was helpful!" ~ Jennifer
"She was willing to serve and do whatever (was) necessary, thoughtful, and respectful of our needs." ~ Mark
"The communication was wonderful! She was always there if I needed her to answer questions/concerns. Sherry helped include my fiancée, assisted with pain control, and kept me as relaxed as possible. I don't believe she could have been more effective!" ~ Jessi
"Sherry provided insight and reassurance. She kept me calm and lessened anxiety." ~ Ted