Our Practice Standards
We do not have an agenda surrounding birth or parenting. We support our clients without judgement or bias and do not subscribe to a particular birth or parenting approach. We believe in the autonomy and ability of our clients to make the decisions that are right for them based on their individual circumstances and recommendations from their care providers.
We believe that the supportive role a doula provides is valuable in its own right and do not wish to infringe upon the role of medical providers and hospital staff. We encourage open communication and dialogue, and for clients to not be afraid to ask questions about their care. We have a teamwork approach and value the experience and expertise of those entrusted with our clients' medical care. We provide non-clinical physical and emotional support to our clients and their families.
As doulas, we do not give medical advice of any kind to our clients. We will never advise a client to go against the recommendations of their OB/GYN or their pediatrician. We recognize that it is neither our role nor are we qualified to determine what is evidence-based for a client and realize that what is best practice may change in light of a client's individual medical history.
The safety of our clients is a priority to us. We will not encourage or recommend practices that go against the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) or the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), including use of essential oils and herbal medicines and practicing unsafe sleep. We maintain current infant CPR certification. We will not attend planned unassisted childbirth and will call emergency services in the event of a precipitous labor outside of the hospital.