Labor doulas' are emotional and physical support persons that are knowledgeable about birthing situations. They do not take the father's place or role, but support both the mother and father by suggesting comfort measures, assuring the couple of the normality of their labor and acting as advocates for the couple to the hospital staff. Doulas dramatically reduce interventions such as:
Use of Vacuum/Forceps
Induction of Labor
Lin Cook, a certified AAHCC labor doula, will come to your home during active labor. At this time she will help determine the appropriate time to leave for the hospital and also assist in comfort measures at home. Upon arriving in the hospital, Lin makes sure the laboring couple receives a nurse who supports their birth plan. Once check-in procedures are complete, Lin helps the couple stay relaxed and continue laboring. As various situations arise the doula helps remind the couple of the benefits versus risks of procedures suggested by the hospital staff. When the labor progresses to the pushing stage, Lin insures calm continuity by having only one person remind the mother of proper techniques. Moreover, she will also make sure the parents' birth plan is followed by the nursery nurses. After a brief time, Lin departs to allow the family to have their personal bonding time. A follow-up visit usually occurs within one week after the birth.