I work with all mothers to be, those planning a natural, cesarean or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) delivery, whether it be in your home, birth centre or hospital.
The role of a birth doula is to support the mother continuously throughout labour with emotional stability and physical comfort; giving the mother information so she and her partner can make informed decisions. Having a doula present helps to lower the risk of interventions, inductions and less need for pain relief. As well as making your partner more at ease which will bring a calmness in the room.
Birth doula services:
First meeting is to get to know each other, your partner can come along also and is strongly encouraged to.
2-3 Prenatal face to face visits, usually lasting 1 hour to discuss how you are feeling during the pregnancy and for the birth., as well as showing you some coping techniques for the labour, dropping the birth ball off as well as showing rebozo techniques used during labour and other fun activities involving the father.
24/7 phone service from 38 weeks till you go into labour. I will consider myself on call for you at this time, which means I will have my phone near at all times.
Unlimited txt, call or email service, regarding pregnancy or labour concerns after the contract is signed.
Creating a birth 'wish'.
After the birth I stay for 1-3 hours after baby is born. Making sure your all settled in, the mother is fed and hydrated, clean or anything else she may need or the father.
1-2 home visits after baby is born to discuss the birth, how you are feeling and aid in breastfeeding if there are any concerns., Also can help with baby wearing and basic newborn care.
What doulas do:
Recognise birth is a key experience that mother will remember all her life.
Understands the physiology of birth and the key needs during labour.
Provide reassurance and encouragement.
Informed choice birth planning.
Talk through emotional concerns which you or your partner may have.
Assisting you in negotiation your preference for birth if what you want and the hospital want is different, provides an objective viewpoint to help the mother be heard.
Continuous and unlimited birth support during your pregnancy and labour.
Its your responsibility to tell your doula information from your appointments and if anything unusual comes up to inform your doula so I can better support you during labour.
Support your partner which allows them to participate at his/her own comfort level during the labour.
Supports the mother in the choices she makes.
Help with breathing, massage, relaxation and positioning techniques during labour and birth.
What doulas do not do:
Make decisions for you and your partner.
Perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring.
They do not judge you for decisions you make.
Doulas are NOT medical professionals.
They do not take over the role from your partner.
They do not deliver the baby.
They are there continuously.