Be empowered by your birth.

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(em)powered by birth's DONA trained doula Emma Benson can provide emotional, physical, and informational support to expectant parents. She provides resources and information during the prenatal and postpartum periods so families may make choices and decisions that will allow them to feel empowered through pregnancy, birth, and the wonderful adventure that is parenthood.

Each birth may be different. But every birth can be empowering.

Emma will work closely with you to understand your individual needs and preferences in order to be a compassionate and helpful member of your birth team.

Why a doula?

Current research shows that women who have birth doulas present for continuous support through their birth have better birth outcomes both for momma and for baby. They are "more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and C-sections. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth." Read more about the evidence on doulas here.