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 Birth doula and Portrait photographer for families in the Tampa Bay, Florida area

You might be wondering what a Birth doula is, here’s a little history lesson. The word “Doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves.” A doula is now referred as a trained and experienced childbirth professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner during her pregnancy,  birth and postpartum period.

 

Why do families hire a doula?

Numerous clinical studies have found that a Birth doulas’ presence at birth:

  • Tend to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

There are so many more benefits that go way beyond your birth. My services begin as soon as the contract is signed and the retainer has been collected.  You’ll benefit from my knowledge and resources to help you navigate throughout your pregnancy, birth and new life as parents!

Families who receive doula support:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression

What should I ask a doula during a interview?

  • Is she experienced?
  • Is she available around your due month?
  • Does she have back-up?
  • Is she certified?
  • How will you work with and support my husband/partner?

 

Chrystin Pflum, TampaBay Birth DoulaI am Chrystin Pflum, CLD, an experienced CAPPA certified Birth Doula. I support  expecting mothers-to-be and their families in the Tampa Florida area. I provide my services in Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Holiday, Largo, Pinellas Park, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Largo,  St. Petersburg  and other surrounding communities in Hillsborough county, Pasco county and Pinellas county Florida. I have provided Birth Doula services to mothers having home birth, birth center births at Labor of Love Dunedin, Labor of Love Lutz and Breath of Life in Largo. I have also attended many births at our local Tampa Bay area hospitals including, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Tampa, Bayfront Health Spring Hill, Baby Place, St. Pete General, Tampa Bay General, Mease Countryside, Trinity Medical Center, St. Joseph North and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. If you have any questions regarding my Birth Doula or Photography services, I would be happy to answer them for you! Here’s the link to contact me.