Webster dictionary defines a doula as “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth”.
My goal as a doula is to develop a strong relationship with each of my clients so that I can provide that support not as a stranger, but as a friend.
Once hired I am available for phone conversation/texting throughout your pregnancy. I am more than happy to schedule extra prenatal appointments with you, if you would like them, but I typically only provide two. These are done once you get closer to your due date. After 37 weeks I am on call 24/7 and will arrive to your location promptly after receiving your labor call. Once there, I help during labor and immediately after your baby is born. Then we have our follow up appointment a couple weeks after the birth.
During labor I work with you and your partner and care providers to help you have the best birth possible. Most of the time this means I’m offering words of encouragement during contractions and lots of counter pressure. During my own births I wanted someone to do the double hip squeeze the entire time (thanks hubby). It just felt so good. And when that pressure wasn’t there? Well, it felt bad. haha. I love being able to apply that pressure on just the right spot to give a little ease during contractions, and this allows your partner to hold you and really love on you. Sometimes my job is making sure you take a sip of water, even when you don’t really want to. Suggesting you try a different position to see if that helps or even making you a snack.
Whatever labor throws at us, I’m glad to adjust and do what’s needed at that time. Part of the wonderful mystery of labor and birth is never knowing what to expect. That’s why I think having a support person, like a doula, is so very important.