Jenne Alderks, M.Ed. 

Certified Doula (DONA, Intl.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Doula?

A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a pregnant person before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. (DONA, Intl.) Over a dozen scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.


What separates Seattle Holistic Doula from other Doulas?

Seattle Holistic Doula is a doula for the whole family, which means personalized attention assessing the needs and experience of each person (and creature!) living in the home where a new baby is being welcomed. I am dedicated to taking only 1-2 clients a month whereas other doulas in the area maintain much busier practices. My clients appreciate the advanced training I have received in childbirth education, midwifery, family studies, and couple’s relationships.


How does a Doula help during labor?

A doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support during late pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period as well as assistance with emotionally and mentally processing decisions during the labor process. Together these services provide improved outcomes for many families. According to Americanpregnancy.org :

“Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%. Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor.”


At what time is a Doula needed during pregnancy?

Recent research from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend continuous support in labor prior to admission to the hospital, especially since hospitals are now delaying admission until a birthing person is 6 cm dilated. For families birthing at home or at birth centers, a doula provides continuous support before midwives are present for active labor and delivery.


For birthing families, this usually looks like contractions have increased in intensity, are occurring regularly and continuously and the birthing person is having to focus and use coping strategies to manage through each contraction. Once the doula arrives, birthing families receive continuous encouragement and support until baby is born, breastfeeding has been initiated and baby and parents are resting after birth.


How many women have you helped through the birthing process?

Since 2011, I have served over 70 women and families through the birthing process. I have also birthed three children. In my role as forum moderator at Solace For Mothers, I have supported thousands of women through emotionally processing their birth experiences.


Can a Doula help with a hospital birth?

Absolutely! For centuries female community members have been providing labor support to birthing women. When childbirth moved to the hospital, traditional birth attendants were left outside. In just the past 30 years, traditional birth attendants like doulas have remerged to provide personal, holistic, continuous care to birthing people in hospitals as well. Doulas have professional knowledge of supporting laboring people with epidurals, as well as how to maximize the tools and resources available in the hospital. Seattle Holistic Doula has attended clients at most Seattle area hospitals and enjoys working with hospital staff as part of the maternity care team.


Can a doula help with cesarean birth?

A doula can provide emotional support to a birthing family during a cesarean birth, especially if one parent needs to go with the baby temporarily or for an extended period of time. Having a doula present in the operating room means that parents have access to a familiar person who can provide emotional support during a time that can be stressful and intimidating. A doula can also assist with skin to skin, establishing breastfeeding in the operating room and take photographs of the baby meeting parents for the first time.


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