We invite you to come to our monthly meet the doulas event to find out more about how our group practice works.
When you sign a contract with DC Birth Doulas, you hire our doulas as a team. You have an opportunity to get to know all of the doulas through the monthly meet the doulas event, emails and phone calls. One of the doulas will meet you in your home for a prenatal visit. Depending on the on-call schedule, this same doula or a different doula will provide you with the full labor support and immediate postpartum assistance with breastfeeding in the hospital. You will also receive a postpartum visit at your home by the doula that attended your birth.
Working with a small group-doula practice has significant advantages over working with an individual or agency doula. When you choose to work with the DC Birth Doulas group, you benefit from:
- the reassurance that comes with meeting and developing a relationship with several doulas; you can be confident that you will not have to work with a backup doula you have not met.
- support for very long labors- most of the time the doula that arrives for your birth will be the one who stays until the end. but if you have a very long labor, a new doula (who you have already met with from the group) with fresh ideas and energy can come to assist.
- the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the doula who attends your birth will be well rested and fully available to be with you- you don't have to worry about getting a doula who is tired from a previous birth or who has another client in labor at the same time.
- reassurance that illness, accident, or emergencies will not interfere with your birth support - if a doula gets a flat tire on the way to the hospital, another doula from the group will be called in to ensure you get the support you need.
- over 25 years of collective experience working with women from diverse cultures, professional backgrounds, family structures, ages, orientations, birth preferences, and birth outcomes.
- a wide base of knowledge and training, including labor support, birth, prenatal yoga, childbirth and reproductive health education, breastfeeding, newborn care, child-rearing, massage therapy, and public health training.