Doulas are not just beneficial during hospital births. A doula’s role extends to almost every area of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Even in home birth and birth center settings a doula usually arrives at your labor much sooner than the midwife. Additionally, doula would be with you continually even in the event of a transfer. Doulas offer support while midwives are primary care providers and guard the process. They are two very different jobs.
Things to Know
According to a clinical trial review that studied the role of a doula, women who received doula support had:
Shorter labors than women who had no additional support by an average of 98 minutes.
36% less likely to need analgesia (epidural, etc).
71% less likely to receive Oxytocin (Pitocin).
57% less likely to have forceps delivery.
60% reduction in epidural requests.
51% less likely to have a C-section.
Several studies have found that nurses who care for women in labor spend only 6% – 12.5% of their time in supportive care activities (Tumblin, A., & Simkin, P. – 2001). A doula will be with you from the time you want her with you until your baby is nestled in your arms. She will also be available as you need her during and after your pregnancy for support and information.
- Mothers report they are more satisfied with their birth experience.
- Doulas can be a key support person from dad’s perspective too.
- A doula is someone who will respect your desires for your birth.
- Doulas will be there to encourage and remind you of what your desires are.
- A doula can be a great resource as you look into your options and learn about labor and birth.
I believe all women will make the best and safest decision for themselves and their babies if they are given all the information. The key to avoiding regrets during the pregnancy and birth is to be well informed and make decisions based on information. Couples who take an active role in their pregnancy and labor are more satisfied with their birth experience.
My goal is to help you become informed about your body’s ability to have a baby and your partner’s ability to support you in that journey.
I am there so that he can feel supported as well. I am not there to take over his position, but to give him the freedom to be with you.
I will be an advocate for you and do everything possible to see that your wishes are respected during your labor and birth, as well as offer physical support and comfort measures.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve previously had a boy. Will that skew my results?
Clinical studies have shown that fetal DNA clears from mom’s bloodstream between a few hours to 2 days after birth.
I’m having twins. Can SneakPeek determine fetal sex for each one?
In the case of identical twins, if male DNA is found, then both babies are boys. If no male DNA is found, then both babies are girls. For fraternal twins (or more!), finding male DNA will confirm at least one baby is a boy, but cannot distinguish if the second is a boy or girl.
Do hormone disorders such as PCOS affect my results?
SneakPeek is a DNA based test, so hormones do not impact results.
Do blood thinners affect my results?
SneakPeek looks only for the presence of Y chromosomes and is extremely sensitive and accurate. No blood thinners or other drugs are known to impact SneakPeek gender results.
Is this test safe?
SneakPeek Clinical is a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), and it’s safe for both mom and baby.
How quickly can I get my results?
Your sample is mailed to SneakPeek Labs in San Diego, CA via FedEx overnight mail. Results are emailed straight to you between 4-8pm Pacific Time the same day your sample is received by SneakPeek.
Are results guaranteed?
SneakPeek Clinical is the most accurate early gender test on the market. If your test result does not match the gender of your newborn, you’ll receive a full refund.
How is my privacy protected?
We know your DNA information is personal. To protect your privacy:
- SneakPeek tests only for baby’s gender. No data is gathered about disease states or other health-related information.
- After the test is run, your DNA sample is disposed of by a professional chemical management company in compliance with federal standards.
- SneakPeek never shares your results with anyone other than the email address you provide. Where can I learn more? Visit www.sneakpeektest.com.
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