IMG_2795Who are we?

Doulas of NSB is a group of  Labor & Postpartum Doulas in the New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County area.  Offering evidence-based support and education to new parents in Volusia County, our doulas come with a wide range of education and experience. Our mission is to offer inclusive and committed support to the community. 

What is a Birth Doula?

A Birth Doula is a trained professional that has the privilege of supporting the laboring woman and her partner on the journey to their baby.  The birth doula, usually a woman, provides the laboring woman with emotional support, physical support, and evidence based information from early labor to the birth of the couple’s baby.  Why hire a birth doula?  Countless studies have proven that hiring a birth doula improves birth satisfaction, decreases the need for epidural anesthesia and other pain medications, and decreases the risk for Cesarean Birth.  

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A Postpartum Doula is usually a woman that supports the new parents and infant or infants in the postpartum period or fourth trimester.  The Fourth Trimester refers to the first 12 weeks after birth where the baby transitions from womb to world and the new parents transition into care of their tiny babe.  The Postpartum Doula comes to the home and helps with feeding, sleep, light housekeeping, light cooking, and emotional support during this transition.   Why hire a Postpartum Doula?  Studies have shown that hiring a Postpartum Doula allows time for family bonding, supports breastfeeding success, and decreases the risk of postpartum depression. 

What kind of certification?

Labor Doulas are trained via various training programs including DONA (Doulas of North America International), ODIS (Organization for Doulas in Scandinavia).   Postpartum Doulas are trained in house and mentored by founder and Postpartum Nurse/Doula, Lori.