Both Erin and Brenda are in the certification phase to become a DONA certified doula. In order to do this, we must attend three births and collect a variety of records from these three births, including evaluations from the doctor, the nurse, and the mom for all three births. As well, there is a mountain of reading (interesting though!) to do, essays to write and other requirements (see here for requirements). While both of us have breastfed, we are registering for a breast feeding course (the same one taken by the nurses to become “breast feeding friendly.” That will give us added ideas to support moms to breast feed their little ones. We both took a great course recently on using the Mexican rebozo as a comfort measure. Brenda had the opportunity to use it extensively at her first birth to great success. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on the right side of the blog if you would like more information. Hope to hear from you soon.
Not convinced? Here are some reasons to use a doula (from http://pregnancy.about.com/od/doula1/a/reasonstohaveadoula.htm)
- More likely to have a vaginal birth.
With the cesarean section rate standing nationally at nearly a third of all births, it seems that have a doula to help provide you with a slight edge in the area of a vaginal birth would be a good thing.
- Less likely to need forceps or vacuum extraction.
No one wants to think about forceps or vacuum extractions being necessary at their births. Using a doula can help lower your need. Perhaps it’s the labor positioning being used or that it happens when some of the other factors are met, like less use of anesthesia. But not having to use the dreaded “salad tongs” sounds like a winner in my by PirritSuggestor”>book.
- More likely to be satisfied with their birth.
Satisfaction is for all the women, not just ones who had natural childbirth or a vaginal birth. Is it the fact that a women is encouraged to make her own choices? Is it that she feels like she was in control of the decisions made in her labor? Having a good birth means a lot of things, and it looks very different to different women. It can also help lower the risks of postpartum depression.
- Have a shorter labor.
Who wouldn’t want to shave even a few minutes off the length of labor? Is it the relaxation? Is it the positions? Is it the comfort of knowing that someone is there with you?
Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula
What is a Birth Doula?
A birth doula is a person who is trained and experienced with childbirth. Birth doulas are generally involved with an expectant mother before, during and shortly after childbirth. In other words, a birth doula is an expert labor and delivery assistant.
Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula
Birth Doulas Enhance the Birth Experience:
Women who use birth doulas appear to have more confidence and feel empowered by their birth experience. A common complaint from women who have/had suffered from post partum depression is unsatisfactory or complicated births. We already know that birth doulas can play a role in overall childbirth satisfaction.
Clinical researches as well as major health organizations such as The WHO recommend continual labor support. Birth doulas are shown to reduce labor times and improve the overall satisfaction of the birth experience.