When we give birth we want it to be the best experience possible. It’s a sacred time that cannot be repeated. However, especially for first time parents, there is a good amount of fear surrounding the entire birth process from being afraid to poop when you push to the fear of dying during childbirth. Given birth is so unpredictable, the fear of the unknown can really build up in our minds and become hard to sort through on our own. Often, when we sit down and brainstorm about
“I’m hiring a doula next time to avoid…” “I need a doula to protect me from…” “If I would have had a doula it might have saved me from…” “If you’re not comfortable with your doctor, hire a doula.” Just talking about these phrases, and variations of it, there is an implication here that might give an expecting family the wrong idea… These phrases imply that doulas are advocates. advocate [verb ad-vuh-keyt; noun ad-vuh-kit, -keyt] verb (used with object), advocated, advocating.
Where did you receive your training? Prodoula How long have you been a doula? I have been a birth doula for four years and a postpartum doula for one. What is your birth philosophy? My birth philosophy is that there is not one way to give birth and I hope that each individual feels confident and supported in their experience. How does the hiring process work? Once you have decided you are interested in hiring a doula we send you out our customized information packages. During
When people hear the term cesarean, it is likely that one of the last things to cross their mind is having options. It’s a pretty common misconception that all cesareans are forced and terrible. Neither of these are true. A lot of people don’t know there are still choices to be made when planning one. Just because you’re having a cesarean does not mean that it is bound to be a negative experience. Actually, choosing one can be just as empowering as any other route. How you gi
Lately I have been seeing a lot of chatter about hospital bags to the point of people actually procrastinating because it gives them a feeling of anxiety. They have questions and concerns about what to pack for the time they will be staying in the hospital. It doesn’t have to go this way and can even be exciting. One of the common questions about hospital bags is when to pack one. We all know that labor can spontaneously start at any time, but it is most common between 37 and
Myth #1 Doulas get in the way of doctors. Doulas do not get in the way of or contradict doctors, whatsoever. If your doula is acting within their scope the chances of this happening are 0%. Doulas and doctors work harmoniously together, not interchangeably. Doulas and doctors’ roles are polar opposites of each other as doulas are non-medical professionals and are not qualified to diagnose, treat, or prescribe anything. Myth #2 If you love your doctor, you don’t need a doula.