A doula is also a constant presence, making you feel comforted knowing we will remain by your side. Our focus is entirely on you. Most often medical providers are expected to care for multiple patients at a time, therefore usually just checking in with you periodically.
A doula will join you when asked, which may be in your home or the hospital and stay with you throughout, often with only very brief breaks.
Partners appreciate the guidance a doula brings to the birth. Partners take the childbirth class with you, read the books, then labor starts and...their mind goes blank. Don’t worry, that’s where the doula comes in! It’s hard to remember all of that. A doula doesn’t take the place of a partner doing things like counterpressure, but rather remind them of how and when to do them. A partner knows you better than anybody, so while partner may be face to face with mom, talking to you and caressing you, the doula may be giving you a foot massage.
Doulas and partners make great teammates. Together we can do a fantastic job supporting you.
Studies have shown the benefits of having a doula. These studies have concluded that having continuous labor support may decrease the likelihood of needing a cesarean, and the need for Pitocin or pain relieving drugs. Continuous support may also help you have a shorter labor and a more satisfied birth experience. (Cochrane review 2017)
Besides being present at your birth, doulas also meet with you, prenatally, to offer you informational support. We help you find reputable, evidence-based information so that you can make informed decisions about your birth. We also go over comfort measures that may help ease your labor and listen to all your birth wishes.
Doulas also come to your home during your postpartum period to check-in on how you are doing physically and emotionally. We can offer breastfeeding support and reflect on your birth.
Doulas really are there with you throughout the whole process!
So should you spend the money on a doula?
While it might seem expensive, it can still be obtainable. Although doula services are not usually covered by most insurance companies, some will pay a portion or allow you to pay for a doula out of your flex spending or health savings account. Most doulas are willing to work with clients by offering payment plans. Adding doula services to your baby registry is another creative way to pay for your doula.
Ask yourself these questions:
If you answered “yes” to these questions, we want you to know we are here to help!
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I had no idea that doulas will come and check on a mom during their postpartum period. My wife and I have been debating on whether or not to hire a doula for our first pregnancy. Honestly, having someone check in on us after the baby is born is a good enough reason for me to hire a doula.
Hi Chance! Thanks for reading our blog post. Your doula would come to your home soon after delivery. Your doula may be the first professional to check on both the mother and the baby and ensure all their immediate needs are being met, go over any questions or concerns, and to get your family off to a great start.
I like that you talked about having lesser chances of needing a C-section when you have doula support services while you are pregnant, and this is backed by studies. I should hire one for myself now that I found out that I am pregnant this morning. Also, it will be the first pregnancy that I will ever experience which is why I wanted to have a normal delivery. So I can still have easier experience in the future if we want another child.
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