A Birth Doula:

  •   Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother and partner will remember all their
  •   Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
  •   Assists the woman and partner in preparing for and carrying out plans for birth.
  •   Stays with the woman throughout the labor.
  •   Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint.
  •   Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care
  •   Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth
  •   Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
  •   Provides unbiased information on benefits, risks, and options.

A Birth Doula Does Not:

  • Provide medical care for a pregnant woman including cervical exams, fetal heart tone
    monitoring, positioning of the baby, or any other medical examinations.
  • Speak on behalf of clients to care providers.  A doula's job is to facilitate good communication
    between the mother and birth partner and the medical staff.
  • Make decisions for their clients. A doula will provide you the information necessary to make
    informed decisions; benefits, risks, and options will be discussed.
A A Doula is  a "woman who serves" and who provides continuous
physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and
birth partner before, during, and just after birth.

Studies have shown that when Doulas attend birth, labors are
shorter with fewer complications and interventions, babies are
healthier and they breastfeed more easily.


          Lisa Sippel- Certified Professional Birth Doula

 I am the mother of 2 children , Charlie (8) and Miriam (3).  My husband Ben and I own and
Sippel Family Farm and Kokoborrego Cheese. Our days are filled with vegetables, dirt,
milk, sheep, and cheese, but my passion is helping women have empowering births and to be
successful breastfeeding.  I have been a
La Leche League leader for 6 years and have completed
my Birth Doula training through
toLabor, a Doula certification program focused on providing
exemplary care of women throughout the birth process. I believe that women will remember
their births for the rest of their lives and they deserve to be supported and informed and
affirmed through the birth process.  I have personal experience with birthing in a hospital
setting with an OB/GYN and also had a home water birth supported by Midwives and a Doula.

I hope that I can join you in celebrating the miracle of birth in whatever setting you feel
most comfortable. I will work to help you have the most positive birth experience possible.