COVID-19 Doula Support
We recognize that we work with a vulnerable population and consider this in our daily actions. We are following COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the CDC. Our support is tailored to each unique circumstance and any given restriction at your birthing location.
If preferred, we offer meetings virtually throughout your pregnancy, during birth and postpartum. If we are not permitted at your birthing location, we will help you and your partner plan for success. When possible and desired, we will labor at home with you as long as approved by your care provider. In the postpartum period we will connect you with virtual support in the community, provide postpartum virtual consults and connect you with new mom postpartum villages.
Does Doula Support Make a Difference During a Pandemic?
The national cesarean rate is approximately 31.9% and the epidural/spinal rate is approximately 70% in our country. During COVID-19, our group has supported an average of 10 births a month and our cesarean rate is under 5% and epidural/spinal rate less than 25%. Yes, doulas make a difference! Below are stories from our clients that bravely birthed during COVID-19.
“Lisa was able to provide support and continuity…as external stressors from COVID mounted in the final months of my pregnancy.”
Lisa was able to provide support and continuity – beyond the excellent medical care I received – as external stressors from COVID mounted in the final months of my pregnancy. She also tailored birth prep to the particular circumstances of COVID – providing me with frequent updates on hospital procedures and phone consultation on topics that might otherwise have been in person visits or fallen by the wayside. – WW
“Having the support of a doula during the COVID pandemic was priceless.”
Having the support of a doula during the COVID pandemic was priceless. Haley was able to offer support and knowledge I didn’t have access to. She was able to provide me with fair warning of the changing hospital policies with visitors and support me as my birthing plan changed because of them. In addition, she was able to be an extra person in the labor room and work her magic. – NW
“…all babies know how they are supposed to come into this world…”
Jessica is supportive of all birth stories and really helped reassure my husband and I that all babies know how they are supposed to come into this world when we found out that our daughter was breech and needed a c-section. I delivered my daughter in the hospital this way on 4/22/2020 in the middle of the COVID Pandemic. Jessica kindly offered many additional options for support given the fact that doulas had been restricted from attending births at our hospital. – EP
“During a pandemic, this limited intervention helped lower the stress of the staff by lowering the need for PPE”
With Lisa’s assistance, we were able to have an unmedicated birth as we hoped. During a pandemic, this limited intervention helped lower the stress of the staff by lowering the need for PPE, lower exposure without an epidural or cesarean. – KN
“…supported me in this difficult time of COVID to re-define our priorities and birth plan.”
Jessica, my doula, supported me in this difficult time of COVID to re-define our priorities and birth plan. She was open, always available, listened carefully, and provided a valuable and knowledgeable perspective on options we might have in Boulder County. – CV
“I cannot express enough praise and gratitude for Haley, she is incredible.”
We chose to deliver at the Birth Center of Boulder. When we opted for an unmedicated birth, we knew we needed the support of a doula; especially now during COVID. I cannot express enough praise and gratitude for Haley, she is incredible. – EC
“At a time of heightened stress and anxiety, the work of a doula is even more imperative…”
Lisa was an advocate for us and our wishes throughout the labor and delivery process as well as support and guidance in the postpartum period; vital for new parents, especially during a time of uncertainty and limited resources. At a time of heightened stress and anxiety, the work of a doula is even more imperative to support and guide mothers and their partners through childbirth. – KD
“It was especially wonderful working with Jessica through all the uncertainty due to COVID.”
It was especially wonderful working with Jessica through all the uncertainty due to COVID. She was up on the latest and ever changing policies at the hospital we delivered at and provided a lot of resources so we could make the best decisions for our growing family. – TB
“I literally don’t know what I would have done without her.”
Heather is amazing! Caring, knowledgeable, empathetic, flexible. Everything you need postpartum. I felt totally comfortable with Heather caring for my baby and her advice was spot on. She did several overnights for us and provided postpartum support during the day. About five months after the baby came, my husband, baby and I all got really sick and went to the emergency room (right before COVID hit). It was insane! I don’t have any family in town and didn’t know how I was going to recover and stay up all night with the baby. I was exhausted. I called Heather and she came right over, and gave me some much needed rest. I literally don’t know what I would have done without her. I’m so glad she came into my life. – AW
“Heather made us feel comfortable immediately through her commitment to health and safety.”
When you have a new baby as first time parents, especially during COVID, it can be scary to hand him or her over to a stranger in your home. However, Heather made us feel comfortable immediately through her commitment to health and safety. She has a calming touch and could settle our daughter instantly even as a fussy newborn. She sang to her and could get her to sleep so quickly. She also helped us work out her schedules as she was getting older. Heather would recommend schedules, stretch nights and help get our daughter sleeping through the night at 2 months. She was our sounding board for many items relating to our baby and specific milestones. She made us aware of apps to use and tricks to help with nap time during the day. We worked with Heather for the first three months of our Daughter’s life and will definitely be working with Heather for our future children. She has become a special person in both our and our baby’s life! – AK