Why hire a doula?
The months leading up to birth can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Hiring a doula ensures you have access to the most up-to-date, evidence based information so that you can make informed decisions regarding your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Doulas also often have a lending library with books and videos for you to check out that you may not be able to find on your own. Your doula can also help you find community resources such as breastfeeding support, where to buy cloth diapers, or information on mom groups.
Labor and birth are incredibly physical activities - it can usually be equated to running a marathon! During this time, you need a dedicated support group to help you, regardless of your birth plan. Your doula will help attend to your physical needs during labor and birth such as making sure you stay hydrated and nourished, helping you into labor positions, providing hip compressions to ease labor pain, and rubbing your back for comfort and to ease stress.
Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum can be a roller coaster of emotions. Hiring a doula helps you navigate this new world with confidence and reassurance. Nurses often come and go in a hospital setting, and if you have a partner or other support person, they may need a break to eat or sleep. Your doula believes in you and your ability to give birth and will stay with you through the entire process. She will also be there for you in your postpartum period as you adjust to your “new normal.”
Medical support of any kind (including blood pressure readings, ultrasound, and cervix checks) is outside the doula’s scope of practice. A doula cannot do any medical procedure without being instructed to as in an emergency at home. A doula is in no way a medical professional and has no authority to order medical procedures. She may offer educational support regarding medical procedures so that you fully understand any situation that arises. She can also offer physical and emotional support during any medical procedure if you wish.