Birth is a Miracle, Birth is Amazing. Each birth has its own special story, But birth is also scary, it's messy, it's unique. A doula is professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and educational support before, during and after the birth. A birth doula does not take the place of your birthing partner, doctor, midwife or nurse. A birth doula can help you achieve your birth plan whether it be natural, with an epidural, VBAC, pain management or C-section.
A birth doula will not make medical decisions such as but not limited too Blood pressure, fetal monitoring, medical decisions, medical diagnosis or vaginal exams.
As your doula, I will come to know you. I won’t be just another stranger in the hospital or homebirth with you. I won't be leaving after a shift change, so you have to try and connect with yet another doctor or nurse. I will get to know your hopes, and fears of the birth, long before that day comes. On that day your baby arrives, I will be that person in the room that knows and understands you and your wishes, will be deeply invested in supporting you and helping your achieve your birth goals. Your goals are my goals. Nurses don't have the time to be with laboring mothers anywhere near the time new parents need. A doula provides continuous support throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
A doula can support a woman through any type of birth. It doesn’t matter if it’s an elective cesarean, a birth with pain management or a hypnobirth. Most women choose to hire a doula to get her through her birth with the least amount of interventions and help her with information during pregnancy and birth. Birth is hard work for everyone involved. It’s not easy to see someone work so hard! A doula and the birthing partner work together to support the mother as she labors. They work together to ease the mothers pain, while the doula keeps the birthing partner calm and aware of the medical surroundings. A doula is there to let them know when things are normal, and to help explain the situation when things are not.
Studies show that when having a laboring mom receive continuous support from a doula, they are more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births, less likely to have pain medication, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, negative feelings about childbirth, and their chances of having a cesarean were reduced! In addition, their labors were shorter, Pitocin augmentation, was used less, and their babies had less risk of needing to go to the NICU.
By the possibility of accomplishing little too no intervention during the birth and/or short labors, placement of baby on moms chest is much more likely as well as breastfeeding soon after the birth. Studies also show that breastfeeding soon after birth have a much higher success rate then babies who are taken away from mom right away.