The Benefits Of Having A Doula
Ever wondered what exactly a doula is and why some women swear by them? We’ve got you covered with all the basics you need to know about doulas and why they may be worth considering for your pregnancy journey.
A doula is a birthing coach who will help you with emotional, physical, and educational support as you move through your pregnancy, the birth of your child, and the weeks following the birth as you navigate the ups and downs of parenting your newborn.
Keep in mind that a doula is different than a midwife. A midwife is a healthcare professional who can be used in place of an OB for prenatal care. Midwives can also deliver babies in your home, birthing centres, and hospitals.
Doulas can help you create a personalized birthing plan to ensure the birthing experience is one you feel happy and safe about. They’ll also help you interact with healthcare professionals to make sure your voice is heard, advocating on behalf of the mother so that she can have a positive experience.
Using massage, breathing and relaxation techniques, and different labor positions, the doula offers comfort to the mother during the birth of the child to lessen stress, anxiety, and pain. Studies have even shown that the request for an epidural is 60% less likely when a doula is present.
A labor doula is someone who’s attuned to your desires for the birth and wants you to have to best experience possible. There are also antepartum doulas for high-risk pregnancies and there are postpartum doulas that help you get through the weeks following the birth. This support can be emotional, informational, or even physical such as cleaning, cooking meals, or filling in when the mother needs a break. Some are trained in multiple areas and can serve as more than one type of doula.
Remember that doulas are meant to compliment and enhance the role of your partner, not take away from them. No one will be pushed out of the experience; the doula is there to help you through the process so that your partner can offer their own emotional support and fully take in the experience without stressing that they’ve forgotten anything important from those prenatal classes!
Doulas can guide mothers through the breastfeeding process after the birth and also help with the bonding between the baby and other family members. A doula is someone who will inform and encourage you through every step of this amazing journey of becoming a parent. Make sure when choosing a doula that it is someone you feel completely comfortable with, they’re going to be with you through a life-changing event so ideally it’s someone you’d be happy to have as a part of your pregnancy team. Check out our article with tips on how to pick the best doula for you.
Women helping women through the intimate and beautiful experience of childbirth has existed through our entire human history. It’s natural to want guidance and companionship as you make the steps towards becoming a mother. Doulas are experienced women ready to focus fully on you well-being through your pregnancy.