Five Ways To Benefit From a Birth Doula
Advocate: Doulas are here to help get your voice heard. It is difficult for a parent, whether you are a first-time parent or someone with a delivery in the past, to speak up during labor. I am there to remind you that you do have a voice, that this is your delivery. We do not ask questions for our clients but we will be there to give you the confidence to ask the questions you need.
2. Education: There are foundations we learn on how to best serve our clients. One of these is how to educate our clients before, during, and after their labor. Doulas are knowledgeable about several medical interventions that your doctor, nurse, or midwife might suggest, and are there to make sure you are asking your medical team the right questions. I can also educate you and your partner on certain comfort techniques that help with labor while you are at home or at your birthing place of choice.
3. Extra Hands: Labor is a marathon, it is not a race. Everyone gets tired, they get run down, but we are all in it for the long run. Your doula will be there during your labor and up to an hour or two after your baby is delivered. I have been with birthing people who want minimal support and ones who want me by their side the entire time, whatever you need it is my job to be it. Not only am I there for you but for your partner as well.
4. Birth Planning and Support: You will meet with your Doula before your birth and discuss what your ideal birth looks like. Dim lights, music playing, certain medical interventions, whatever it is you are looking for on the day of are discussed in a prenatal meeting. It will give everyone on your team an outline and understanding of what you want during your labor. I am there to help organize your thoughts and prepare you mentally before going into labor.
5. Lower Risk Births: It has been proven that women who have a Birth Doula have a lower c-section rate and less chance of vaginal tearing. This is because we have the knowledge to educate our clients on what is right for their bodies. A Doula's goal is for clients and their babies to have a healthy delivery. I know the correct laboring positions, and comfort measures that can help you deliver healthily and safely.