What is a birth doula?
A birth doula is a nonmedical support person who provides continuous emotional, physical, and informational support to birthing people before, during, and after birth.
What's the difference between a doula and a midwife?
Doulas are nonmedical childbirth professionals who support birthing families during pregnancy, labor/birth and immediate postpartum. They provide non-judgmental support and advocate for your birth wishes. Thier primary interest are their clients not the hospital or healthcare staff.
Like OBs, midwives offer clinical care for their birthing patients before, during and after childbirth. And yes you can have a birth doula and a midwife!
Do you support hospital births?
Absolutely! I provide doula support at the following hospitals in West Michigan:
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Mercy Health Muskegon
University of Michigan Health-West
North Ottawa Community Health System
My local hospital bans VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean). Can you help me find a VBAC-friendly provider?
YES! As your birth doula, I can refer you to several provider options in West Michigan. Let's work together to find the best provider for you!