People often ask me what is a doula? and why should they hire a one? Today I will share the answers to those two very important questions.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides physical and emotional support to expecting moms and their partners. This includes educational resources,breastfeeding support,Prenatal support, Birthing support, and Postpartum support. We are trained to assist you with pain management and comfort techniques, we also enter each birth with an unbiased attitude ,we are not here to tell you how to give birth or what to do with your body. We are here to encourage you,support you,and help empower you.
Now Why hire a doula?
There are so many great reasons why you should hire a doula so lets list a couple reasons, shall we?
1. It's all about you.
From the moment you hire a doula , it's all about you. We will provide you with personal one on one support and we'll make sure to attend to all your concerns or questions . We will set time aside to nurture you, educate you, and support you. From the time you hire us you are treated like royalty . We believe you deserve to have a wonderful and uplifting birth.
2. A doula helps to alleviate stress from your partner.
This is a big one , Most partners feel very overwhelmed about the birthing process, This is why we are here to help, We will not only support the mommy-to-be but will support their partner. We will provide education and confidence to your partner. When we are in the delivery room with you we will gladly teach your partner techniques on how to make you comfortable and happy. It's a family affair, If you want your partner or family involved we would be more than happy to include them in this blissful event. We are not hired to replace your partners or family members.
3. We are resourceful.
Doula's spend a lot of time reading & researching. We also spend a lot of time on networking and education. The chances are if you need assistance with anything regarding pregnancy,childbirth,or parenting. We probably know someone who could assist you with a service or we could most likely assist you ourselves. Every doula or birth professional that I know is constantly thinking or speaking about childbirth and pregnancy.
4. We are great for postpartum recovery!
I can NOT stress enough how important it is to have help during your postpartum recovery. You will most likely have extra hands while you are in the hospital but when you get home it may be a different story, your partner may need to return back to work or your family members may not be able to help you until 2 weeks later. These scenarios happen quite often so this is why a postpartum doula could be helpful.
1. We will help you with caring for the baby while you take a nap or possibly a shower.
This my favorite reason because we all know how difficult it is to take a nap while having a newborn and forget about how hard it is to take a shower in peace.
2. We will assist you with diaper changes & feedings.
3. We will assist you with breastfeeding and give you support.
4. We help with light housework.
5. We will make sure mom is well nurtured by keeping her hydrated and nourished.
6. We have no problem with encapsulating your placenta or making a placenta smoothie. Nothing would bring us greater Joy than to help nurture your body.
So regardless if you are a soon to be mom or a seasoned mom , you could always use a doula !
If you have had doula during your birth or during postpartum , please let us know about your experience.
Written By Nikki Cheri
Serenity Childbirth Services -Pembroke Pines FL