WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MIDWIFE AND A DOULA?
A midwife is very similar to a doctor---they provide medical care, cervical checks, take vital signs, and keep track of you and your baby's health. A doula is a non-medical professional and doesn't do any of the things listed above. I am solely along side you for emotional, physical, and informational support. I will work to facilitate communication between you and your midwife and be consistently present if they need to step out at any time. Doulas and midwives make a great collaborative team.
WHAT IF I WANT AN EPIDURAL?
That's great! I will support all of your birth choices (including changing your mind half way through!) Your body, your baby, your birth.
If you choose an epidural, a doula can help you change positions in bed for comfort and labor progress. She can provide comfort techniques, encourage you, help you push, and facilitate constant communication about your birth plan choices with the hospital staff.
HOW CAN A DOULA HELP ME IF I ALREADY HAVE A SUPPORTIVE PARTNER OR FAMILY?
Doulas are there to support the entire family unit. During pre-natal visits, we will discuss your partner's comfort level with participation during labor and collaborate on how to best support you as a team. Labor is long and can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. A doula can be consistently present when partners need a break or feel overwhelmed. Studies show that partners participate more actively during labor when a doula is present. Combined, we can create the best support team!
WHAT IF I'M HAVING A C-SECTION?
A doula is still for you!
Having a c-section is a major surgery, and you got this! I'll be by your side, informing you of options and helping you understand what to expect during surgery and the healing time after. I will be present to support you, help you relax before surgery, and meet with you immediately after to suggest post-operative comfort measures.
While you remain in bed post-op, I can assist you in the facilitation of breastfeeding or skin-to-skin with baby. I will also help with reminding the staff about your birth plan and special needs you may have.