When your doula gets the call from you, a lot of things begin to go through her mind.
From the moment she walks through your door, she begins assessing, and it never stops....
-How is mom coping?
-When is the last time mom went to the bathroom?
-When was last time she had anything to eat or drink?
-How is her partner doing?
-Is he coping well?
-When was the last time he has eaten or had some water?
-If the plan is to head to the hospital... do they have everything they need together?
-If other support people (friends/family) are present, how are they doing?
-How are the people in the birth space effecting the laboring mom?
-If they have pets... when was the last time they were taken out?
-What are the plans for the pets for after we leave, have those people been notified?
While considering all those thoughts, she is simultaneously providing comfort measures to mom, and between contractions accomplishing other little tasks such as...
-Shifting the atmosphere to help the mother labor peacefully
-Turning off the lights
-Turning off the TV
-Cleaning up the kitchen space
-Getting a trash can with liners in case mom begins vomiting
-Washing hands constantly
-Plugging in essentials oils to help reduce nausea or to to help induce peace
Even if your doula is sitting quietly in the corner watching you labor beautifully, she is considering all the elements involved in this birth, and how to help this experience be as peaceful as possible.
My husband and I didn't have a doula for my first few births, but at my forth birth we did. My husband said he finally was able to enjoy the birth experience because he didn't have to think about everything. He is probably the biggest advocate for doulas now, and has said that we will never give birth without a doula again. Doulas can be just as much for dads as they are for moms.
Would you like to learn more about how a doula can add comfort and support to your birth experience?
Alabama Births provides free consultations; an opportunity to meet with a doula and discuss your birth desires. Contact us today!
My name is Jillian and I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulator, and Trainer for Birth Boot Camp, living in the Rainbow City, Alabama. I believe in women and that they deserve support throughout their pregnancy and births no matter what method of birth they desire. I myself am a mother to 4 girls; each of their births were vastly different.
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