What is a doula?

A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.

What does a doula do?

Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the delivery date. During this period, they develop a relationship in which the mother feels free to ask questions, express fears, and concerns, and take an active role in creating her birth plan and experience.

Most doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone in order to respond to her questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and deliver. As such, they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures and possible complications in late pregnancy or delivery.

If we hire Bump to Birth Doula Services what can we expect?

We will be available by phone, Face time, email, or text upon hire. A minimum of one prenatal session is provided to establish an understanding of your needs and cover any questions you may have. When you go into early labor you will be provided continuous support via your preferred communication method until active labor, in which we are called into the home, birthing center, or hospital. We will stay with you in active labor until up to two hours after your birth. This is generally long enough to support breastfeeding if desired, answer questions about postpartum hospital procedures, and make sure our clients feel supported.


Will a doula replace my partner or care giver?

The short answer is ‘No’. Nothing can replace the support of a partner. A doulas role is to offer a number of things a partner or other supports may not be able to offer, including up to date evidence based information, familiarity with birth options, comfort techniques, or birth specific troubleshooting, and continuous emotional reassurance for both mom AND partner when labor gets overwhelming. A doula is different from your medical provider as doulas cannot provide medical advice, perform medical procedures, or catch babies.


What does it mean to be a certifying doula?

Doulas are not required to be certified to work, like a midwife or obstetrician. In addition to extra support from experts, being certified gives doulas a scope of practice in which they work. There is no global scope of practice for doulas; each certifying agency sets this for their doulas.

What is Bump to Births Scope of Practice?

Do you only attend out of hospital births?

No. We can attend births anywhere there is a qualified care provider present whether your choice is hospital, home, or birthing center.


Do you only attend natural labors?

Also, no. We support all birth plans and believe there is no right or wrong way to give birth.


Can you attend a cesarean birth?

This depends not only on your care provider, but the anesthesiologist and hospital policy. If your provider, anesthesiologist, and hospital allow extra support in the operating room, we are happy to join you.


Do you offer birth photography?

Complimentary photography services are available for all clients.


Do you offer child birth education classes?
Coming soon.


Bump to Birth Doula Services is supporting families in the greater Grand Rapids area in every aspect of preparing for pregnancy, birth, and beyond. We provide comprehensive support and education needed for expanding families. 

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