Different Kind of Doulas

There are lots of great doulas in the Greenville/Spartanburg area. BUT, there is only one Foothills Family Doulas. We like to think that we are a unique group of doulas. We are different from the rest.

And here’s why…

Partnership Model:

When you hire Foothills Family Doulas you get two doulas for the price of one! I would say that a large majority of doulas have a “back-up doula”, for the occasion that they cannot attend a birth. I would also say that a large majority of these “back-ups” have never met said client that they will have to support in said occasion. With Foothills Family Doulas you meet BOTH of your doulas at the consult, they are both at your prenatals, and at your postpartum visit. Whichever doula is on-call during your birth will provide the labor support. This is also beneficial for long labors where we can call our partner in, if needed, to provide some extra [fresh] support to our clients. You know what’s also great about this model? Being able to take a vacation and knowing our clients will have support that they know and trust!

Most Comprehensive in Birth Services:

I was recently speaking with a couple at a consult and when telling them about the services we offer the wife said, “I love how we wouldn’t have to hire 3 different people! We can build our trust with one company.” We offer labor doula support, postpartum doula support, placenta encapsulation services, childbirth education, nutritional counseling, and belly binding. It’s pretty special to be able to build a relationship with our clients based on trust that carries through their entire pregnancy, birth, and once they’re home with baby(ies).

Professionalism:

This is our profession, not our hobby. We are not “birth junkies” or “oxytocin vampires” who get our kicks from attending a birth. We love being at births to support our clients, don’t get me wrong, but we know that their births are not about us, at all. Being in line with our scope of practice is incredibly important to us as professionals. You will not see us giving you medical advice (this includes essential oils), checking your cervix, manually rotating your baby, or being at your unassisted home birth. Never. We work hard to develop positive relationships with providers in the area, which can benefit our clients greatly. It’s not going to help anyone out in the birth room if your doula in disliked by your provider, or even worse, kicked out of the hospital for causing a ruckus <unprofessional>. Which leads me to our next difference…

Not Advocates:

Speaking out in the birth room is no way to “change the system,” and we know that. By supporting our clients, and encouraging them to speak for themselves, we are advocating for them, not in place of them. This goes back to professionalism. Supporting our clients and respecting their providers are not in opposition of one another. If a provider is suggesting something to our client that they expressed they didn’t want in their birth plan, we would encourage our client to ask questions, get other options, etc. We would NOT tell the provider “My client doesn’t want that!” See the difference there? We are providing a bridge for our client to use their own voice and power, not take it away from them.

100% Unbiased, Judgement-Free Support:

We don’t care what your choices for childbirth are. We care about you. Our concerns are that you are supported in those choices! We trust that you are making the decisions that are best for you and your family, and if you have questions about anything, you’ll ask us. We do not offer unsolicited “advice” about any of your potential pregnancy, birth, and postpartum choices. It’s not our birth or baby, it’s yours. Along these same lines of unbiased support, we are proud to support the LGBTQ community, and do not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Again, we care about you.

Whoever you choose as your doula, we know it will be the best for your family, but we hope you will give is a call and set-up a consultation first!

We’d love to hear what you think! Leave us a comment below.

2 thoughts on “Different Kind of Doulas

  • March 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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    Thank you for doing such a fabulous job to elevate the profession while caring for families from all walks of life!
    Keep up the great work!
    I see you, and I appreciate what you’re doing.

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