Doula services in Iowa City, IA
Motherly TLC is Kellie Osler, a birth and postpartum doula serving the Iowa City area. She helps empower and educate mothers for positive birth experience.
What is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. — DONA International
Why hire a doula?
Doulas mother the mother. Recent evidence suggests that when a doula provides labor support women are more satisfied with their birthing experience. Women supported by a doula during labor have also been shown to have:
- 50% reduction of cesarean rate
- 25% shorter labor
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
From Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Marshall H. Klaus (Perseus Press, 1993)
Dads & Doulas
A birth doula is there to help the father as much as she helps the mother. Doulas don’t take the place of the father anymore than the doctors, midwives or nurses do. She is constant support and helps make the birth experience positive for the expectant parents.
I can help Dad by:
- Enhancing his confidence as the husband coach by calming fears and answering questions.
- Allowing guilt-free breaks. Labor can be a long process (on average lasting 12-24 hours). Dad will need to take breaks (eat, sleep, etc.) so he can recharge and most effectively assist mom. Dad can also go with baby for well-child exam, speak with family in the waiting room or anything else without leaving mom alone.
- Being his assistant. I take notes, watch the clock, step out to get the nurse/doctor, get food/drinks, lay out clean sheets or clothes. I can help make phone calls, be photographer so he’s in the pictures also, or anything else that may make his job easier.
- Taking the pressure off! The father can concentrate more on emotional support without the pressure of remembering everything from child birth class. I am trained to offer support for the physical and emotional needs of the mother as labor progresses. I can help dad feel helpful and involved.
- Being there for the entire labor and birth. While the medical staff may change shifts, I am a constant source of calming, support and knowledge for the expectant parents.
- Giving encouragement! Mom isn’t the only one who needs reassurance that this is a very natural process. The father needs to know he is doing a great job supporting mom!
I am very open to any coach (not just the father) that makes the laboring mom feel safe and supported.
Please check the testimonials page for statements from proud Dads I’ve assisted. For more information read the articles below. They’re great resources about Dads & Doulas!