A doula is an advocate for you and only you during your birthing experience. They provide physical and emotional support during labor. They are not meant to take the place of a partner or other family members, but can support them as well during the stresses of the birthing process.
Doulas have different skill levels and approaches to support. For example, some doulas are specially trained in certain hypnosis techniques and methods. Some women specifically look for skills such as aromatherapy knowledge, massage therapy or acupuncture.
As midwives, we are very good at supporting women through natural labors. This often includes a lot of physical labor support. We fully support all of the hypnosis techniques available as well as the other methods used for natural birth. Our desire is to help you achieve the birth you want in your way.
We also have a job as midwife, however. When we are with you during labor, we have a responsibility to monitor both your well-being and your baby’s. A doula does not have this responsibility which can make early labor support very relaxing and not making you feel watched. While we strive to maintain connection with you during birth, sometimes our responsibility as midwife may shift our focus away from attentive support for a short time. This is most likely during a complication. At these times a doula can provide an anchor of emotional and even physical support.
Doulas can be particularly helpful for first babies and VBACs or in cases where you have had a previous traumatic birth experience. Whether you choose to have a doula or not, we support your choice. We welcome all those whom you choose to invite to participate in your birth. We encourage you to surround yourself with people who will bring positive energy, love and support to you and your new family.
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