Just like any other major life change, birth requires careful consideration of options, research, and someone caring and knowledgeable to guide you through the process. Would you choose a college without touring it first? Take a job without an interview? Buy a house without a realtor or mortgage broker? Probably not. There's no reason to go into the birth of your child--possibly the most life-changing process possible-- without knowledge, preparation and support.
Complete Doula Care *Please note that due to Covid-19, all birth doula and educational services are may be transitioned to virtual services at any time*
All Belly to Cradle Doula Care Clients Receive:
Unlimited Prenatal Phone & Email Support.
Prenatal information & evidence-based resources.
Care Provider Communication Support.
Two Virtual or In-Person Prenatal Appointments to discuss birth preferences, and ways to prepare for labor & birth
On-Call, Customized support including environmental comfort measures such as lighting and heat & cold therapy at your birth place. This may include hourly check-ins, or continous virtual face-time from your doula, depending on your needs.
Tools, Tricks, & Tips for a more efficient, comfortable labor.
Immediate Postpartum & Breastfeeding Support (up to approximately 2-3 hours after birth).
One Virtual or In-Person Postpartum Support Appointment to discuss breastfeeding, infant care, early parenting, sleeping, and babywearing.
Continued Breastfeeding & Early Parenting Support
Referrals and discounts for other trusted maternal service providers.
What is a doula? A doula is a professional labor and birth companion--a sort of birth "guide". Unlike any other care provider, your doula is with you physically throughout the duration of your labor and birth providing education, information, comfort, logistical support, and techniques to make your labor easier, and more enjoyable.
What does a doula do? A doula provides:
education, support, and resources prior to birth
continuous physical and emotional support from early labor through the immediate postpartum
techniques for labor progression
tricks, tips, and tools to maintain your comfort and relieve discomfort
support for your partner, including giving them the ability to take a break, as well as giving them tips to enhance their role as primary support
a listening ear when you have questions, fears, and concerns
communication support so you and your partner can better voice concerns and questions to your caregiver
emotional support postpartum
support in your new role as a parent
birth processing in the postpartum period to work through any road blocks you faced through the process
breastfeeding & early parenting support
What does a doula not do? A doula does not:
Speak for you
Make decisions for you
Provide medical advice
Perform clinical tasks
Contradict or argue with your caregiver
Take the place of your partner as primary support (unless your partner is unable to act as primary support)
reduce your chances of having a c-section or forceps delivery
reduce your chances of using interventions
have less pain
have a shorter labor
increase breastfeeding success
have a better overall birth experience
What is the difference between a doula and a family member or friend? Doulas are professionally educated on the risks, benefits, and implementation of birthing routines and interventions as well as helpful techniques for birth positioning, and comfort measures. In addition, doulas, while emotionally engaged and invested, are not related or connected as strongly as a friend or family member. This provides a certain measure of neutrality when it comes to communication as well as a strength even when seeing you uncomfortable or vulnerable. A friend or family member may also not be familiar with the emotional intensity, or the sensory experience that come with the birthing process. This may hinder them from being able to provide their undivided attention.
We proudly provide Birth & Postpartum Doula Care in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas, including St. Clair County, O'Fallon & Bellville