A doula is there for the partner also. A birth doula does not replace the role of your chosen birthing partner. The role of the birth doula is to assist and support the mother and her partner in achieving their birthing goals. The birth doula works very closely with any other coach present, and uses her training to assist and empower the birth partner to be actively present during the labor and delivery. The birth doula remains focused on the needs of the mother even at the end of the birth when all other eyes turn to the baby being born.
Q: Does a doula attend my birth if I have a cesarean section?
A doula will be by your side during labor, if a c-section is needed, depending on the hospital, the doula can join your partner in the OR. If not, she can be there for you in recovery to assist with breastfeeding.
Q: What if I’m having a planned cesarean or an unplanned cesarean section?
Whether you are having a planned cesarean or an unplanned cesarean, a doula can support both you and your partner through this sometimes scary and very emotional time. Since most doulas have had the opportunity of experiencing cesarean sections at one time or another, she will be able to explain to you and your partner what to expect and help you prepare mentally for it
Q: Does a doula come to my house in early labor?
Most Moms choose to stay home in early labor and our doula will come to your house when you feel you need the support.
Q: Do doulas only take clients who want to have a natural unmedicated labor and delivery?
No, a doula is there to support her clients’ wishes, what ever they may be.
Q: Does a doula perform medical tasks?
A doula does not perform any medical tasks. She is there for comfort, praise, and reassurance.
Q: Does a doula advocate for me?
During pregnancy and throughout delivery she will provide you with her knowledge and experience of the birth process. She does not speak for you.
Q: How does a doula work with hospital staff?
A doula is not there to take the place of the healthcare team. Primary care providers are responsible for the medical health needs of the mother and baby. A doula helps ensure that the mother’s non-medical needs are also met. Doulas do not perform any medical or clinical procedures. A doula provides constant care throughout the entire labor and delivery, and for several hours postpartum. Doulas act as a liaison with the medical staff, but do not make decisions for the mother.
Q: Do doulas work only with midwives?
No, since doulas are hired privately by the client they work for the client no matter if it’s a doctor or midwife, home or hospital planned birth.
Q: What are the benefits of having a doula?
Research shows that childbirth goes more smoothly with a doula present:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
-Mothering the Mother; by Marshall H. Klaus (Author),
John H. Kennell (Author), Phyllis H. Klaus (Author)
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