From the article: 4 Reasons to Have a Doula at Your Birth
Even though I've had a few babies of my own and attended hundreds of births, I still want a doula. Even more importantly my husband wants a doula. He knows that when labor gets tough our doula will know what positions to use, how to massage me and will share that knowledge with him in a way that makes him look like a super hero in my book. I just like the fact that she calms him down and lets him focus on me. What reasons do you have for wanting a doula? The reduction in the use of forceps? Lower c-section rates? Shorter labor? Share Your Reason
Doula's aren't all trained the same
- Even within the main larger doula training organizations the curriculum is different from one trainer to another. Many doulas don't have any better cesarean rate in their practice than the rest of the country. However, you CAN know if a doula is trained and had the integrity to finish her certification. Find out who she is trained by, that also can make a big difference. Small, non-certifying organizations have no weight when it comes to standards of curriculi.
- —Guest Caddy
Everyoe needs support
- In today's society where many women are finding themselves without the support of familiy and friends and many partners are frightened and don't fully understand the rights of their partner etc. A Doula can help fill the gap and support these women nd indeed their families in the transition to parenthood.
- With my first birth, about four hours in my husband and I were out of coping methods. It wasn't that we didn't have them, we were just so caught up in the experience that we forgot some of the things we learned in childbirth class. When our doula arrived, she brought with her a bunch of comfort techniques that made me more comfortable. This time, we're hiring two doulas. We appreciated the love, support and wisdom our doula had to offer.
we are there for you
- As a doula, I am hired to serve the laboring mother and her partner. The reason someone chooses me is because the entire triad acts as a well-oiled machine, with the doula as the guide, in full response to the laboring mother's needs. Even in the case of a c-section, I have been by the mother's side as support and comfort.
- —Guest bodyworksatlanta
- Using a doula made natural childbirth possible. She addressed each contraction and everything:emotionally, physically, mentally & spiritually that went into the birth process. She was a true professional and source of strength for me, my daughter and my husband!
- —Guest KristiBell4Amon
time at home
- My hospital has so many rules. My doctor told me to stay home as long as possible. I'm afraid to labor at home without support. So my husband heard about a doula. I called a couple and we are going to interview them this week. I am really excited, this baby is almost here...
- —Guest candy
Afraid of c-section
- I know that doulas can help lower the risks of a c-section. That is my biggest fear. I know that if I have a doula and need a c-section, I really needed the c-section.
- —Guest Mommy 2 Be
Attention to Detail!
- My husband is great at the general stuff but my doula really helped add the finishing touches. He rubbed my back and she remembered the cool rags. They made a great team at supporting me. I couldn't have done it without either of them - my husband agrees.
- —Guest JudyG