Emilie Gilbert, certified birth doula

Idlewild Birth Co.

Based in Upstate, SC

the meaning behind the name
Idlewild

Dearest Anne from L.M. Montgomery’s famous book series, Anne of Green Gables, was an idyllic dreamer, and she has become a sort of companion of mine. “Idlewild” was one of her many beloved places as a young child. It was a lovely place, surrounded by birch trees, where Anne and her friend, Diana, would go to dream and rest and escape. Anne is known for her ability to make a space sacred by simply seeing and knowing its beauty and understanding the importance of its physical place in the world. As a doula, I long to come alongside my clients to create an Idlewild of their own — an atmosphere of quiet support, beauty, and sacredness — as they welcome their babies into the world. As Anne did, I hope to help hold space as sacred — especially the space and time in which we give birth and welcome new life.

Peaceful Companion
& Champion

I commit to hold the birth space for you as sacred and peaceful. I will be a calm, reassuring, and helpful presence for you as you walk the journey so many women have before you. I am also here to cheer you on, mama — because you CAN do this; your body was made for it.

Education & Resources

I commit to provide helpful, unbiased information and educational resources so you can make informed decisions for your birth. I want to help you beat the ever-looming decision fatigue that plagues us all.

Care for both Mother
and Birth Companion

I commit to support and serve not only you, but those who love you—your husband, mother, or friend—whoever will be present with you at your birth. I commit to support them, educate them, and teach them how to be present during one of the most intimate times in your lives.

Peaceful Companion
and Champion

I commit to hold the birth space for you as sacred and peaceful. I will be a calm, reassuring, and helpful presence for you as you walk the journey so many women have before you. I am also here to cheer you on, mama — because you CAN do this; your body was made for it.

Education and Resources

I commit to provide helpful, unbiased information and educational resources so you can make informed decisions for your birth. I want to help you beat the ever-looming decision fatigue that plagues us all.

Care for both Mother
and Birth Companion

I commit to support and serve not only you, but those who love you — your husband, mother, or friend— whoever will be present with you at your birth. I commit to support them, educate them, and teach them how to be present during one of the most intimate times in your lives.

the meaning behind the name
Idlewild

Dearest Anne from L.M. Montgomery’s famous book series, Anne of Green Gables, was an idyllic dreamer, and she has become a sort of companion of mine. “Idlewild” was one of her many beloved places as a young child. It was a lovely place, surrounded by birch trees, where Anne and her friend, Diana, would go to dream and rest and escape. Anne is known for her ability to make a space sacred by simply seeing and knowing its beauty and understanding the importance of its physical place in the world. As a doula, I long to come alongside my clients to create an Idlewild of their own — an atmosphere of quiet support, beauty, and sacredness — as they welcome their babies into the world. As Anne did, I hope to help hold space as sacred — especially the space and time in which we give birth and welcome in new life.

Peaceful Companion & Champion

I commit to hold the birth space for you as sacred and peaceful. I will be a calm, reassuring, and helpful presence for you as you walk the journey so many women have before you. I am also here to cheer you on, mama — because you CAN do this; your body was made for it.

Education & Resources

I commit to provide helpful, unbiased information and educational resources so you can make informed decisions for your birth. I want to help you beat the ever-looming decision fatigue that plagues us all.

Serving & Supporting

I commit to support and serve not only you, but those who love you — your spouse, mother, or friend— whoever will be present with you at your birth. I commit to support them, educate them, and teach them how to be present during one of the most intimate times in your lives.

Dearest mama,

You don’t have to do this alone; you can move towards your birth with a calm confidence and strength because you were designed for this good work. I am here to support you — mind, body, and soul — through it all.

Dearest mama,

You don’t have to do this alone; you can move towards your birth with a calm confidence and strength because you were designed for this good work. I am here to support you — mind, body, and soul — through it all.

01

Birth Doula Services

Support and encouragement for your birth — whether you plan to give birth at home, at a birthing center, or in the hospital, I am here to assist and nurture you!

02

Childbirth Education

A range of classes from a quick, “I’ve done this before” 2-hour session, to a comprehensive 6-week course detailing pregnancy, the birth process, and new motherhood, and more specific topical classes in between! Coming soon!

Dearest mama,

You don’t have to do this alone; you can move towards your birth with a calm confidence and strength because you were designed for this good work. I am here to support you — mind, body, and soul — through it all.

01

Birth Doula Services

Support and encouragement for your birth — whether you plan to give birth at home, at a birthing center, or in the hospital, I am here to assist and nurture you!

02

Childbirth Education

A range of classes from a quick, “I’ve done this before” 2-hour session, to a comprehensive 6-week course detailing pregnancy, the birth process, and new motherhood, and more specific topical classes in between! Coming soon!

Hello there, I'm Emilie

How glad I am that you are here! I am a certified and trained doula, and walking alongside women as they journey towards birth is my great joy. I am here as a companion to support and value you as you walk your own path towards meeting your little one — whether it’s for the first or fifth time. I can’t wait to get to know you!

However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness.

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EMILIE GILBERT

Hello there, I'm Emilie

How glad I am that you are here! I am a certified and trained doula, and walking alongside women as they journey towards birth is my great joy. I am here as a companion to support and value you as you walk your own path towards meeting your little one — whether it’s for the first or fifth time. I can’t wait to get to know you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The world “doula” in ancient Greek means “female servant/slave, or maidservant” — Today, the term typically means a woman who is trained in pregnancy and childbirth care. Birth doulas walk alongside women during their childbearing year through emotional, physical, and educational support. A doula does not have the same role as a midwife; doula’s are not medical professionals. Rather, they are birth professionals and truly — they are servants — loving, helping, and caring for women as they walk through one of the most intimate and important times of their lives. Doula’s do not provide medical advice or make decisions for the families with whom they work. A doula will provide the undergirding support a family needs to make informed decisions for themselves as they walk through the process of pregnancy and birth.

The people who are already a part of your birth team are invaluable as they are the people you want to be present. A doula does not take the place of another birth companion or spouse. Rather, she can enhance their experience through education and support. Doulas will often work with husbands, mothers, and friends to prepare them for their role in the birth process. She becomes a quiet companion for them as well as she helps them to feel more comfortable with the birthing process.

Personally, one of my favorite parts of my job is the ability to work with husbands and birth companions. I love the prenatal work in teaching comfort measures and techniques so that the entire family unit can enjoy the process of their baby coming into the world. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is when a father looks at me after a birth and says, “Thanks. I feel like I knew what to expect and what to do. I didn’t feel helpless; I was actually a part of the birth of my child!”

Of course! Some hospitals will require a certification, but a doula can attend a birth whether the mother is birthing at home, in the hospital, or at a birthing center. Often people think that doulas will only attend unmediated births. This is also not true — a doula can offer much support for a medicated birth or even an elective cesarean birth. A doula’s job is not to make decisions for the mother about what kind of birth she thinks the mother should have. Her job is to provide information so that mothers can make decisions for themselves and their babies.

Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a birth doula. However, as the medical establishment continues to see the statistical benefit of doulas on birth outcomes, some insurance companies have begun to reimburse for some/all of the cost of a doula. Each individual will need to contact their insurance company to find out. Also, some clients have successfully been able to use their HSA/FSA cards for payment.

I believe everyone should have access to a doula if they desire one. If you cannot afford a doula, please reach out to me and we can chat about your specific circumstances. I will try my best to work something out with you or help you find the support you need.

The anecdotal and scientific evidence agree — a doula’s presence is immensely helpful and encouraging in the life of a mother as she bears her child and gives birth.

Let the facts speak for themselves. A cochrane review published in 2017 reports that women who received continuous labor support with a doula:

  • Were more likely to go into spontaneous labor, rather than induced labor
  • Had vaginal births without the assistance of instruments like forceps or vacuum
  • Were less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • Had higher rates of satisfaction about their births
  • Had shorter labors
  • Had babies with high Apgar scores at 5 minutes after birth

See the Cochrane study here.

For more helpful evidence on the benefits of doula support, click here.

See the testimonials page as well to read a few snippets of birth stories written by mothers who had me as their doula!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The world “doula” in ancient Greek means “female servant/slave, or maidservant” — Today, the term typically means a woman who is trained in pregnancy and childbirth care. Birth doulas walk alongside women during their childbearing year through emotional, physical, and educational support. A doula does not have the same role as a midwife; doula’s are not medical professionals. Rather, they are birth professionals and truly — they are servants — loving, helping, and caring for women as they walk through one of the most intimate and important times of their lives. Doula’s do not provide medical advice or make decisions for the families with whom they work. A doula will provide the undergirding support a family needs to make informed decisions for themselves as they walk through the process of pregnancy and birth.

The people who are already a part of your birth team are invaluable as they are the people you want to be present. A doula does not take the place of another birth companion or spouse. Rather, she can enhance their experience through education and support. Doulas will often work with husbands, mothers, and friends to prepare them for their role in the birth process. She becomes a quiet companion for them as well as she helps them to feel more comfortable with the birthing process.

Personally, one of my favorite parts of my job is the ability to work with husbands and birth companions. I love the prenatal work in teaching comfort measures and techniques so that the entire family unit can enjoy the process of their baby coming into the world. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is when a father looks at me after a birth and says, “Thanks. I feel like I knew what to expect and what to do. I didn’t feel helpless; I was actually a part of the birth of my child!”

Of course! Some hospitals will require a certification, but a doula can attend a birth whether the mother is birthing at home, in the hospital, or at a birthing center. Often people think that doulas will only attend unmediated births. This is also not true — a doula can offer much support for a medicated birth or even an elective cesarean birth. A doula’s job is not to make decisions for the mother about what kind of birth she thinks the mother should have. Her job is to provide information so that mothers can make decisions for themselves and their babies.

Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a birth doula. However, as the medical establishment continues to see the statistical benefit of doulas on birth outcomes, some insurance companies have begun to reimburse for some/all of the cost of a doula. Each individual will need to contact their insurance company to find out. Also, some clients have successfully been able to use their HSA/FSA cards for payment.

I believe everyone should have access to a doula if they desire one. If you cannot afford a doula, please reach out to me and we can chat about your specific circumstances. I will try my best to work something out with you or help you find the support you need.

The anecdotal and scientific evidence agree — a doula’s presence is immensely helpful and encouraging in the life of a mother as she carries her child and gives birth.

Let the facts speak for themselves. A cochrane review published in 2017 reports that women who received continuous labor support with a doula:

  • Were more likely to go into spontaneous labor, rather than induced labor
  • Had vaginal births without the assistance of instruments like forceps or vacuum
  • Were less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • Had higher rates of satisfaction about their births
  • Had shorter labors
  • Had babies with high Apgar scores at 5 minutes after birth

See the Cochrane study here.

For more helpful evidence on the benefits of doula support, click here.

See the testimonials page as well to read a few snippets of birth stories written by mothers who had me as their doula!

FAQs

The world “doula” in ancient Greek means “female servant/slave, or maidservant” — Today, the term typically means a woman who is trained in pregnancy and childbirth care. Birth doulas walk alongside women during their childbearing year through emotional, physical, and educational support. A doula does not have the same role as a midwife; doula’s are not medical professionals. Rather, they are birth professionals and truly — they are servants — loving, helping, and caring for women as they walk through one of the most intimate and important times of their lives. Doula’s do not provide medical advice or make decisions for the families with whom they work. A doula will provide the undergirding support a family needs to make informed decisions for themselves as they walk through the process of pregnancy and birth.

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