Is doula the same thing as a midwife?
No. A doula provides no medical or nursing care. Doula provides continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. Filling a role that new mothers and families have always needed, we are there to listen, give confidence and not judge.
A midwife may perform vaginal exams, check vitals, order labs or tests if needed, and other clinical tasks. A midwife will attend to you intermittently during pregrancy, labour and delivery, but under most circumstances, won’t arrive in person until you’re closer to delivery.
Is a doula only for homebirths?
Not at all! Doula is hired by YOU and will attend you wherever you decide to deliver. It is a doula’s belief that you should give birth in an environment where you feel safest and most comfortable.
Will doula replace my birthpartner?
No. No. No. Doula is there for both of you, she may offer some suggestions as changing positions, some natural pain reliefs, etc. Birthpartner is there for mother-to-be (to cuddle, kiss, massage, to reassure that she is doing all well) and to make unquestionable bond with newborn.
What are the benefits of having doula on birth?
Research has shown that when a doula is present, labour tends to be shorter and with fewer complications. Women who use doulas report having more positive feelings about their childbirth experience.
Read more about it HERE (http://www.alexadean.co.uk/benefits-of-having-a-doula/ ), HERE (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub6/full) and HERE (http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/having-a-doula/ )
What does a doula after child is born (postpartum period)?
She is skilled and knowledgeable about care of infants, as well as maternal recovery. She will provide non-judgemental guidance on newborn care and feeding, assist the mother with physical and emotional recovery, care for baby so mother can take care of herself, and provide practical household assistance.
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.
What is a postpartum doula’s goal?
The goal of a doula is to nurture the parents into their new roles. As they experience success and their knowledge and self-confidence grow, their needs for professional support should diminish.
What if my baby is already here and I have discovered I need help?
Please give me call ASAP and I will do my best to support you. I am completely aware how hard and emotional can be bringing home a newborn and it may be that you only realise you could do with some support once you are back home.
If I am already booked, I have a network of fellow local doulas I can call upon. I will help you to put in place the support you need.