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What is a Birth Doula?

What is a Birth Doula?

Doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” in which today refers to a trained and experienced caretaker who provides continual physical, emotional, practical and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth. The role comes with several different titles; labor companion, labor support specialist, labor support professional, birth assistant, or labor assistant. Doula-­client (mother) relationships typically begin several months before the baby is due which aids in building a relationship.There are three ways in which doulas practice; 1. some work as volunteers in community or hospital programs  2. others may be employed by a hospital 3. some mothers may hire privately. Clinical studies have discovered that having a birth assistant present during and after childbirth, mothers express greater satisfaction with the birthing experience, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention and less postpartum depression. Birth assistants also have positive effects on babies, in which they have shorter hospital stays and even breastfeed more easily. Throughout the pre-­delivery phase the mother is free to ask questions, express concerns and play an active role in developing a birth plan. Does your birth plan include a home birth? If you are having a low­ risk pregnancy, you may want to discuss a homebirth with your Doula. There are many benefits to having a home birth. Being surrounded by loved ones is often on the top of the list for many. Including children, family and friends in the birth process opens doors for connection and intimacy. Another benefit home birth provides is immediate bonding and breastfeeding which helps the mother stop bleeding and clears mucus from the baby’s nose and mouth. Some may be attracted to the...
How to find a Doula?

How to find a Doula?

There are many ways to find a doula nowadays, word ­of­ mouth referrals are often made by friends and family members or through communities. Perhaps you’re new to your area and have no idea of where to begin or don’t know anyone who has chosen this route during childbirth. The first question you can ask yourself is: What role will a doula play in my childbirth experience? With having knowledge of this information, you can easily move forward in how to begin your search for the ideal individual to assist you in one of the most important events in your life whether it is your first childbirth or one of many (being every birth is a new experience), offered here are ideas to get you on the right path. Asking yourself a series of questions is a good way to narrow down what your needs are in creating an ideal childbirth plan for you and your family. A good doula learns what you want and works toward making that happen. You may want to steer clear from someone who practices a “one size fits all” service standard being everyone and each childbirth is unique. The one who is right for you may not necessarily have attended the most childbirths but, could very well be the one in whom you and your partner “connect” with. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider when interviewing doulas: ~Does she spend time listening to you? A good doula listens often as she’s there to support your needs. ~Does she include your partner in discussions? This is important being she’s working hand­-in­hand with your family. ~Are you comfortable to speaking with her openly...
What Does a Midwife Do?

What Does a Midwife Do?

So, exactly what does a midwife do? For centuries before obstetricians began delivering babies in hospitals, midwives were assisting mothers in the comfort of their homes. The term “midwife” comes from the Old English phrase “with woman”. The role has expanded from focus on assistance with labor and delivery solely to (but, not limited to): ~Performing gynecological exams ~Helping with preconception planning ~Providing prenatal care ~Guidance with newborn care issues, such as; breastfeeding ~Offering help for women going through menopause A midwife specializes in giving birth as natural as possible with little medical intervention. Studies have shown births attended by a midwife had significantly lower death rates, lower risks of delivering a low­-birth­-weight­-baby, fewer C­-sections than obstetricians and used fewer resources, such as forceps and vacuums for delivery. Having the emotional, practical and social support that a midwife offers is an invaluable gift throughout pregnancy and after. Let’s face it, other than a mother­-child relationship there is no other bond like a community of women and mothers. There are different levels of training for midwives, the state in which you live determines the certification level permitted for a midwife to practice. Your midwife has a relationship with an OB in whom she consults with as needed. In the manner of a doctor or OB, your midwife can provide care before, during or after your pregnancy. She may refer you to an OB for care as needed if a problem arises during the pregnancy. Some midwives may team with another midwife or doula to help with labor and delivery. She will provide planning, prenatal exams, ordering of tests, monitor physical and psychological...