What does a birth doula do?
A Doula is a Birth labor support provider, who stands beside a birthing mother unconditionally.
During the pregnancy, she will offer education and assistance in preparing the mom for birth.
During labor, the doula's role is supplementary to the mother's partner--we are not here to displace the partner, but to cater to both the needs of the mother and her partner. The doula will enable the mom's partner to be fully focused on her at this time; doulas will support the mother's partner so that he may participate at his own comfort level. (Special consideration is given to single moms or those whose partners cannot be present at the birth.)
Support in labor and birth will be given according to the mom's needs and wishes, though usually it will consist of helpful comfort and relaxation measures for the mom (such as massage/aromatherapy/counter-pressure), emotional encouragement, education (explanations of labor/delivery procedures that providers suggest), and practical helps (such as fetching ice chips/juice to keep the partner from having to leave the room, taking pictures at the labor/birth, etc.); we will also be an advocate for the mother's wishes and desires for her birth, when needed.
Doulas are trained in optimal labor and delivery positions and the benefits associated with them. A doula will suggest certain positions for the mom during the labor to encourage baby to move into optimal positions for birth--i.e. the posterior or breech baby--thus minimizing the discomfort/pain for the mom and decreasing her chances of later needing a cesarean section.
For hospital births, labor support may begin in the mother's home or in the hospital, wherever she prefers. Once the baby is born, help is provided to the mother with breastfeeding and bonding with her new baby and ensure that mom and baby get off to the right start.
Postpartum care including breastfeeding support and infant care provided at the postpartum visit in the mother's home.
Labor doula support, post partum care, placenta encapsulation and child birth education
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