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Continuous Labor Support - Postpartum Support - Childbirth Education - Parenting Classes - Placenta Preparation - Newborn Care

 A Doula recognizes that women have the power to birth and assists the mother in accessing her own “Mother Nature” throughout the childbearing year. A doula also provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance in getting the information she needs to make empowered decisions throughout her pregnancy, birth and postpartum.


                                Why Should You Hire A Doula?  

          Having a doula helps make childbirth a positive experience.  When birthing your baby is a positive experience it increases feelings of empowerment, both as a woman and as a mother.  It also affects your relationship with your child and partner in a positive manner, as well.  Hiring a Doula helps you and your family through this amazing transition by providing unconditional support.

          An Angel Doula will provide you with all of the tools you’ll need to allow you to make the most informed choices with regard to your pregnancy, delivery and infant feeding.  A common misconception about Doulas is that they discourage the use of pain medication in labor.

          At Touched By An Angel, we realize that this is YOUR birth experience and it should be the way YOU want it.  When you hire an Angel Doula, you receive unconditional support for all of your decisions.

Types of Doulas -

Birth Doula

          Our services are customized to the needs of the birthing mom and her support team. Emotional Support is often defined by helping create a birth plan that includes a woman’s unique communication style and gives her confidence in voicing her needs. Physical comfort measures can include: massage, labor positions, hydrotherapy, optimal fetal positioning, aromatherapy, acupressure, deep relaxation and visualization techniques. Advocacy includes helping a woman to resource the community of birth services and facilitating her birth plan into action.

Postpartum Doula

          When a child is born, a family is born. The doula's role is to help the family to find a harmonious new sense of normal with baby. Nurturing mama with physical and emotional comfort measures, while assisting her with discovering her babies cues, breastfeeding, light house-keeping and help around the house. Overnight support, support of families with multiples, and sibling care are also available.

 

Currently, Touched By An Angel, Inc. does not provide doula services for families delivering at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

Here are some of the statistical benefits of hiring a doula:

               50% Reduction in Cesarean Rates

               25% Shorter Labors

               60% Reduction in Pitocin Use

               30% Reduction in Analgesia Use

               40% Reduction in Assisted Delivery

Cesarean Rates
in the Bay Area Hospitals:
How does your hospital rate?

% of C-Sections

Total Births

Bay Area Hospital

43.54%

6,952

St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital

41.39%  

2,126

Florida Hospital Fletcher/ UCH

41.11%

3,196

Brandon Regional Hospital

40.46%

1,987

Mease Countryside Hospital

39.78%

3,758

Bayfront Medical Center

37.12%

   625

Community Hospital

26.26%

   524

Helen Ellis Community Hospital

33.89%

   298

St. Joseph’s North

30.75%

5,265

Tampa General Hospital

30.58%

   932

St. Pete General

29.84%

3,334

Lakeland Regional

29.17%

2,475

Morton Plant Hospital