What is a Birth Doula?
According to DONA International, a birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother or birthing person before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Preparation for the Birth
From the moment you find out you're pregnant, your body prepares for the delivery of your child. There can be a lot of stress while during this time, and having the support of a doula can really take the pressure off of you and your partner. A doula helps answer your questions, resolves your fears, and prepares you for labor during prenatal appointments. Throughout a prenatal appointment you will discuss the plans you have for pain management, birthing positions, possibilities that can occur before, during, and after labor, and so much more!
Hands on Support in Labor
Whether you go into labor at home, or are induced at the hospital, your partner and doula will be there throughout the journey of birthing your child. The doula offers emotional support as you go through the stages of labor, offering different labor positions, comfort measures, or a gentle touch. Having a doula at your birth will not take any power way from you or your partner, but will instead put the power back in your hands.
Adjusting Postpartum Life
Now that your baby is here, there is so much going on, where do you start? A postpartum doula is there to support you in the first few days and weeks of adjusting to life at home with your new baby. They are there to care for the baby while you rest and let your body recover, to help with the postpartum emotions and healing you will endeavor, to give you resources as you face new challenges of being a parent to your newborn baby.
What are the prenatal appointments and postpartum visits for?
All of my packages come with at least one prenatal appointment and one postpartum visit in addition to your full birth support. These appointments are to help get to know one another, talk about your expectations for birth, what you would like to have during your birth, comfort measures you want to use, and so much more. When you break it down into two appointments or more, that allows more time for us to dive deep into certain subjects such as labor positions, what roles people will have in the birth space, and discuss topics you would like more information about. The postpartum visits are to help you transition into life at home, help create positive routines for the family, provide emotional support, help with practical things around the house, and offer support with feedings and routines for your newborn. These appointments can take place anytime after baby is born that you find you need extra support.
Do I need a doula, even if its not my first birth?
Each birth is so uniquely different, that you are likely to come across new territory which may be challenging to navigate. Having a doula present at your birth regardless if this is your 2nd or 10th baby, will improve help improve the outcome positively by offering the continuous emotional and physical support.
Would a doula be able to support me for a scheduled caesarean birth?
Absolutely! Caesarean births need as much support and knowledge as any other form of birth. There is so much that occurs in the OR, that having an extra set of hands, and warm heart to keep you calm through out the birth of your baby makes a huge impact on your experience. The doula supports not only the birthing person/pregnant mother, but the partner as well. Sometimes having that third party person at your birth to advocate for you and your partner makes all the difference throughout your caesarean birth.
If I want to book you for birth photography & birth doula services, is that possible?
Heck yeah! If you are interested in booking both services with me, you will receive 15% off your birth photography package. Having the support of a doula, and photos to remember the day your child was born is absolutely priceless. Being able to tell your child's story through the gift of photos is something that will live on forever. Sharing with your child about the experience you had with your doula supporting you and your partner is a gift of itself.