Founded in 2003, the Professional Doulas of Charleston is committed to helping couples give birth in their own way by providing pregnancy, labor and postpartum support. While each doula is independently employed and designs her own services, families can expect a few core services to remain the same regardless of which professional is selected to support one’s birth. Birth/labor doulas provide support throughout pregnancy; continuous support during labor and delivery; and emotional support before, during and after delivery. Postpartum doulas specialize in newborn care in the first weeks of life, while bereavement doulas provide special support in the event of miscarriage or infant loss.
Doulas are well connected with other birth professionals in the community and will be valuable as couples explore resources available for new and expectant families. Many families are excited to learn about the many options in town, including childbirth education; massage therapy; lactation consulting; acupuncture; chiropractic; moms’ groups; breastfeeding support groups; and many, many more!
The first step in hiring a doula is to set up a no-obligation consultation and find the doula whose personality and birth philosophy are the best match for each family’s needs. Couples can contact doulas directly using the contact information listed on their profile on CharlestonDoulas.com or attend a Meet the Doulas event where several birth professionals are available to meet at once. Event dates are available at Facebook.com/professionaldoulasofcharleston.