For some women, this is exactly what they want and they are willing to pay for it. For others, the lack of funding or homebirth-only option, or both, prevent them from hiring one of the excellent midwives who work here in the Yukon.
Doulas are a good compromise for those looking for one-on-one care supporting natural birth, like that provided by a midwife, but planning a hospital birth. Doulas are birthing support professionals, who offer emotional and physical care for the mother and her partner. Doulas are not health care providers, and do not offer medical services or advice. Doula services are less expensive than midwifery services, which may be more affordable for some families.
Research has shown that using a privately hired doula (not a doula or nurse employed by the hospital) has many benefits, including:
- reducing the mother's experience of pain
- reducing the use of epidurals
- reducing interventions and Cesarean births
- shortening the length of the birthing process
- increasing the mother's satisfaction with her experience.
I maintain a list on this website of doulas currently offering services in Whitehorse, and I am now also taking clients.
I am available to support women who are planning to birth at the Whitehorse hospital and who are hoping for a natural birth with minimal interventions.
If you are interested in finding out more about my services, please contact me, Asheya Hennessey, at 867.456.7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.