Doula –(Du-La) Etymology: modern Greek Female helper
For me being at a birth is a true miracle and honor. I have been truly blessed to be in attendance of so many beautiful births which were not only transforming for the families I assisted but for me as well. Here are some tips I can pass along to you to help with this process.
Having doula at your birth can complete your circle of people who will assist with ensuring a healthy an peaceful birth Your doctor, or midwife, the nurses, your husband/partner, your family, your friends, your community support groups
On one side of you is the person who loves you most and the other side is the person who know birth best. You are in the middle and gain the strength, security and power by having those two pillars on either side.
A doula can help reduce the mother’s need for pain medication
A doula can reduce the need for labor intervention and c-sections
A doula can greatly enhance having a positive birth experience!
have found that having a doula at your birth can result in shorter labor with fewer complications
Modern doula a woman experienced in childbirth, who provider advice, information, emotional support and comfort to woman before, during and after birth.
Words from doula dee
Hiring a doula
Set up a interviews with 2-3 doulas
listen to her philosophy, her tone, personality does it meet your needs or clash, the most important gifts a doula should bring to your birth is that you feel safe
On call availability
Visits before the birth, postpartum what are her goals for those visits.
Experience and references
Does she have a back up doula?
“When she walked in the room I felt safe I could just look in her eyes ,she would shake her head yes, And I knew I could do this”
She got me to focus on relaxing and not to be concerned about any external intrusions, she would relay any information to me at the right time so I remained informed and not worried and was able to keep relaxing
She never left my side, I was safe and knew I could go on
I trusted her experience to help me make the best choice for my birth
Even when I thought “this cannot be normal” she reassured me all was well , that I was doing great, and the baby was doing perfect, .that gave me the power to keep going.
My husband got to support and encourage me and to be excited to be a Dad for he too felt safe knowing someone with experience was there for us.
Besides my boyfriend, she knew me best, she knew my worries and concerns and was able to alleviate them even before I got to worry. It was a great experience for us.