The word doula, is a greek word that means woman caregiver or servant. Doulas still exist to perform the important task of offering emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. They are trained and experience in childbirth, but do not assist in a medical role. Any woman who has had a baby can tell you, giving birth is one time when extra support can be a life-changer. That’s where doulas come in. Unlike midwives, doulas are not medical professionals and don’t physically deliver babies; they’re there solely to provide emotional and physical support to women at the end of their pregnancies and throughout labor. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should hire a doula.
Constant Support from your Doula
Your doctor will be there on and off, and your spouse will provide as much support as possible, but having a doula guarantees that you will have educated, constant support while you are in labor, during delivery and when figuring out how to breastfeed. They will help you relax during labor by providing you comfort through various ways such as massage and meditation. They can also do things like grab your partner something to eat, or even advocate on your behalf, making sure you get your epidural in time, or alerting medical professionals of any other issues you’re having. You never have to worry about bugging them or being a burden, because they decided to become a doula for this very purpose, to help you.
One of the best things about having a doula, especially for a first time mom, is the emotional support and information they can give mothers. This can be helpful for both the spouse and even the doctor. If you have a doula to ask basic questions to, you can save a lot of time for your doctors and nurses. You can give them a call or text anytime during your pregnancy when you are feeling worried, scared and excited. They will be your best resource for learning how to deal with morning sickness, emotional ups and downs and all the other concerns that a pregnant woman faces.
You're Our Priority
Unlike midwives and doctors, doulas generally only have a few births a month to focus on. They do everything they can to guarantee that they will be there for you when you need them the most. Many experienced moms know that it isn’t too uncommon for a midwife or doctor to be on vacation, with another patient, or have some other reason for missing a birth. When this happens a backup is called in, but since this person is usually a stranger, it can be very uncomfortable for the parents to be. In this situation a doula is very helpful not just because they are a familiar face, but also because they can update the new midwife or doctor about any concerns or issues the mom to be is having, and make sure they are aware of the the parents birth plan.