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How do Doulas assist at hospital births?
- It all starts with helping mom be relaxed and comfortable to focus on doing what she is there to do- have a baby. Whatever we need to do to help her get there, we will do. Sometimes that means supporting the birthing mother’s partner or loved one and making sure they are confident in their role in helping mom. Sometimes it is as simple as helping you breathe or walking with you up and downstairs to move labor along. It might be ensuring that the hospital staff has a copy of your birth plan and reminding them about your wishes and if you want providers to offer you pain medication or not. We are your support person and advocate to make sure you have someone in your corner so you can focus on your baby.
How do home birth supports differ from hospital births?
- A home birth will include everything a hospital birth and preparing the water in a tub if you want to labor or birth in the water. It could involve cleaning up after birthing your babe so that you can focus on your baby, healing, and resting. It includes reassuring family members if they are concerned or nervous. It can consist of helping a birth photographer to work as a team to help the mom focus on her body and bring the baby peacefully into the world.
Do doulas come before labor, and when do we call them?
- You can call on me as soon as you feel you are in labor. I can offer massages or other things to help you feel more comfortable through that process. I can reassure you and your partner that things are okay and normal. I can answer questions for you and your partner and family. I can help you track early labor as it progresses into active labor and support you in your car ride to the hospital, midwife center and make sure you know where to go and what to do when you arrive. Remember, as a doula, I can support you, but I do not deliver the baby. I can help you feel more control and less fear. I can help you to manage your pain without medication and in a positive way.
This constant support is PROVEN to help mothers as I stay by your side throughout labor and childbirth. You CAN do this. Your baby needs you, and God created your body for this. Millions of women have done it before you, and YOU CAN TOO.