Pregnancy brings many questions, and one is a particularly common concern; what kind of support do doulas provide? Here I will break down different kinds of support I give all types of clients.
If you want information: If you are looking for reliable information on different topics related to pregnancy, birth, and baby; I can provide suggestions on books, reliable websites, and local resources such as classes and support groups.
If you want no information: If you are simply seeking support for your choice to rely solely on your care provider for the information you need to make decisions about your care. You have chosen your care provider carefully and trust their suggestions completely. I will be a listening ear and unwavering support of your choices.
If you want no interventions: You are seeking support to help have an intervention-free birth and are wanting support and care for your choice. Someone who will listen to your concerns and help you understand your options. I can provide experienced support, I know what to expect and can provide suggestions for discussion with your care provider to help you stick to your birth plan.
If you want support for wanted/needed interventions (including planned cesarean): You are looking for someone to listen and understand your choice to seek out/ accept interventions that will help keep you and your baby healthy. I will not convince you it is right or wrong, but will provide evidence based information as is appropriate and non-judgmental support.
If you want no medical pain relief: You are wanting to experience birth with no pain relief and understand that doula support can help you reach those goals. As a trained and experienced doula, I can provide suggestions for “natural” pain relief options that you and your partner can try. We will practice a few at home during your prenatal appointments that will work well for early labour. I will also provide in person support for these techniques during active labour, whether at home or your chosen place of birth.
If you want all the pain relief: Experiencing the full range of childbirth sensations is not on your to-do list. Your expectation is to accept pain relief as soon as possible and be able to relax and enjoy the birth of your baby. I will provide non-judgmental (there’s that word again!) support, as well as help make your pain relief choices work optimally through suggestions of questions to ask your care providers, position changes and more.
If you are planning on your partner being your main support: You (or your partner) are planning on them being right in there doing as much as possible to support you. I will coach your partner with ideas of things to try to provide the best support, and fade in to the background when you have found a rhythm that works for you. Then I will best assist by making sure you have everything you need when you need it, and allowing your partner to take breaks as necessary so that they are rested and at their best to be able to better support you.
If you are planning on little to no additional support: You are wanting someone to provide that primary support. As an experienced doula, I have supported families in this role before.
The list goes on and on. As you can see, doula support is for every kind of pregnancy and birth experience. If you feel your situation is unique and are looking for information on how I can best support you, please feel free to contact me.