Choosing Doula Support
A Birth Doula is a support person that provides continuous informational, emotional and physical support to expecting parents before, during, and shortly after childbirth. Doulas are not healthcare professionals, but are very knowledgeable about all things birth-related.
But can’t anyone be a Doula? Sure, anyone can provide support to you during labour. However, hiring one that has been professionally trained means your support person has invested countless hours into trainings to increase their knowledge, as well as studying about the details of Labour, Birth, the Postpartum period and how to advocate for you! Doulas strive to create a calm and supportive environment so that expecting Mothers can have a positive, empowering birth experience. As a Birth Doula, I will be there to support both you and your spouse/partner, not take over their role. We’ll discuss your partner’s comfort level of involvement and make sure they are just as much a part of this experience.
Does Where You Birth Matter?
You might wonder if the location of where you choose to birth will affect whether or not you require a Doula? Absolutely not! I provide support in Hospitals, in your Home and even Virtually. But what if you’re having an elective C-section? You can still benefit from Doula support! A Doula will prepare you for what happens during a C-section, can be there before you go in if that’s what you desire, and be there for when you are out of recovery, to help with your first moments with baby. Planning to breastfeed? Your Doula can help you establish a breastfeeding relationship with your baby as well.
Deciding when to hire a Doula is very important. Many Doulas only accept a certain number of Clients each month. Because of this, it’s a good idea to start reaching out and setting up consultations as soon as possible.
Choosing a Doula that’s right for you and your family is very important. You’re allowing someone into your birth space, which is very personal. Anyone invited into this space should be honoured to be there and intend to support you and your intended birth experience.
February 12, 2023