Doula Care Because Doula’s care by Beth Gervais
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Doula Care Because Doula’s Care
The term doula is derived from ancient Greek meaning a woman who serves. Doesn’t that sound nice who wouldn’t want that. Women have been serving other women for centuries however over the years we have gotten away from that. So you might be wondering what exactly will my doula do for me?
A doula is a trained professional in childbirth and provides emotional, physical, and educational support for the pregnant women, a woman in labor, or in the postpartum period. A Doula job is to help ensure the women has a pleasurable and empowering birth experience. In most situations your relationship will begin in the early months of your pregnancy. Although a doula is not a medical professional she is educated and can help you gain knowledge and understanding throughout your pregnancy
During your pregnancy your doula will usually be available my phone so that you can call with questions. During your labor your doula will be with you the whole time. Offering physical and emotional support. Your doula will be able to provide you pain relieving techniques, help you walk, change positions and whatever else you need from her. After the birth you can expect the doula to help you initiate breastfeeding and encourage bonding.
Studies have shown that having a doula at your birth results in a more positive birth outcome. With your doula’s help you are less likely to have pain medication, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and overall enjoy their birth experience more than when a doula wasn’t present. Your doula is not intended to take the place of the father to help guide them and ensure they have a positive experience as well.
Doula’s are also needed for all types of birth not just natural births. When a doula is present you are more likely to have fewer interventions. It is a doula’s job to ensure you have a pleasant birth not to choose the type of birth you have. If you are having a medicated birth the doula can still provide emotional support, help you change positions, and give you support during the administration of the medication.
Even in a cesarean a doula can be helpful by providing constant support and encouragement. Most cesareans leave a mother disappointed and unprepared. A doula can help a mother overcome that as well as help her with breastfeeding. A doula can stay with the mother while the father attends to the baby in the nursery.
In my opinion every women deserves a doula. Birth is a joyful experience but it is a lot of work. Having a doula there to support you and give you pain relieving techniques can help you enjoy your birth experience more. If you are not sure if it is worth it I am ensuring you it is. This is going to be one of the biggest days of your life let yourself have someone who will serve you.