Have you been to a childbirth class and they mentioned doulas and you were confused? Did your friend tell you about her amazing experience with her doula? Did you wish you had a doula the first time and decided not to?
The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving other women in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process. There are multiple types of doula such a labor and postpartum. Breathe Birth Services provides both services.
A doula is a professional who provides emotional, physical, and educational support during the prenatal and postpartum time of pregnancy. Doulas are non-medical women (a few men) who also support a women’s family and her spouse. Doulas provide continuous support and research has shown that doulas contribute to a more positive outcome. Research also shows that doulas lower intervention rates and lower c-section rates.
So are doulas just for natural childbirth? The answer is NO! Doulas are for childbirth. This means that no matter what you decide, they will support you on that decision. They are there to provide evidence based information to help YOU decide what is best for your family. Doulas will help you change positions if you choose to get an epidural. A doula will support you during a c-section, planned or unplanned. They will remind you of your decisions during contractions when people are asking you questions or someone walks into the room to hang an IV bag and you are in your zone going through labor. Doulas are for YOU!
Are doulas hippy, non-showering women? Not all of us. Just like every human being on the planet, we are all unique. There is a doula for you. You might connect better with a more “hippy” doula or a doula in a blazer and heels. Every doula is unique just like each mother and pregnancy is unique.
Does a doula have to be certified to be competent. NO! Most doulas surround themselves with knowledge of childbirth constantly. Statistics are constantly changing and we try to keep up with the latest information. A certification, just like a diploma, shows commitment. I am not saying that doulas who aren’t certified are not committed or competent. I personally know a few who are amazing who have never been certified. It is a more modern thing to be certified and more women are going that route. I personally am certified through Childbirth International and I appreciate the wealth of knowledge I have gained from the program and the other students. There is a doula for YOU, certified or not 🙂
Does a doula provide medical care? NO. A doula should never do cervical checks, check heartones, or anything else medically. Doulas are solely there for emotional and physical support. We provide education on the normal process and help you make informed decisions.
So is a doula right for you? YES 🙂 Contact Breath Birth Services today to see how this doula can support you!
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