I’m a birth doula… What does that mean? When I had my first son I had no idea and wish that I had. It is a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. Research has shown that childbirth will go more smoothly, labor is shorter by 25%, the need for epidural pain relief is less by 60% and the Caesarean Section rate is reduced by 50% when you have a doula. During your labor a doula stays close by, providing emotional support and physical comfort/ pain relief with breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, and different positions. My goal is to make sure that the mother has an empowered birth and looks back at her birth in a positive way!