1. A doula helps you to gain, regain, maintain or feign a positive outlook on your ability to handle your new role in life(i.e. mentoring, role modeling)
2. Hiring a doula means that the father to be must focus on you.
3. Hiring a doula frees the father to be from additional burdens of trying to understand shifting hormones, pregnancy jargon, etc. He is free to be the pillar of strength and steadfast support that you need at this time.
4. Hiring a doula decreases the risk of an unwanted epidural.
5. Hiring a doula increases your stamina, dominance, confidence and coping abilities. When you are at the end of your rope, a doula is there to help you to anchor knot your frayed ends and hold on.
6.Hiring a doula increases your chance of having a positive experience with breastfeeding/feeding routines.
7. When you have questions on childbirth, your new role, or have doubts and fears, a doula is a non-judgemental birth resource.
8. Doulas are your advocate, there to make you comfortable, and there to ensure that your wishes are respected and listened to, even if it is not possible to honour them at that time.
9. When your partner is not available, a doula is there. After all, birth should be an occassion when you have a supportive person by your side, to laugh, cry, share and listen.
10. Doulas give you the strength to labour on. When the going gets rough, a doula rolls up her sleeves and gets going to smooth out the bumps, help out with the learning curves and to ensure that both mother and baby are on the pathway to becoming a happy, contented dyad!
I found myself forgetting about the most basic questions that people should ask when interviewing a doula. I have a bunch of questions to ask the client but not a good amount of questions for the client to ask me. So I did some research and found some good sites. I will list the sites below but also post all of the questions I found in one list below for someone to easily cut and paste or print.
Summary of the most common:
* Is she certified? (what is the difference of being certified or not?)
* Does she provide prenatal and/or postpartum visits?
* What can you expect during these visits, if offered?
* How many births has she attended?
* Can she provide references?
* What form of training has she had?
* What types of births has she witnessed (Cesarean, epidural, intervention free, VBAC, teen birth, etc.)?
* Her fee? And does she have a sliding scale or other arrangements available?
* Does she give you an invoice to bill insurance? Can she? (NOTE: FLEX plans often cover doula services if the insurance will not.)
* Has she ever worked with your care provider or at your place of birth?
* Does she has back-up arrangements available?
* Can you meet the back-up doula?
* What will her role be in early labor?
* Will she provide labor support at your home prior to going to the place of birth?
* Is she familiar with many methods of childbirth?
* How does she define her role during labor and birth?
These are all great questions and will probably spark more from each parent depending on what is important to them.
Please pass this onto anyone who may be looking into hiring a doula so they have the tools they need to interview and find that right someone!
I am a Childbirth Educator and former doula and will be posting news article links and information on pregnancy, nursing and other related baby topics. So check back for new things!
I love to get as many people informed about pregnancy choices and issues. My business is called The BBB Cafe and I teach "The Essential" Childbirth Class. It is a unique format in which the family enrolled picks the topcis that they want to learn. The class is customized, short, intimate and very informative without being overwhelmed. You walk away with tools, materials and maybe some new friends. See 10 Reasons Why Childbirth Education is NOT a Waste of Time.
I was not an "earthy birthy" doula. I am down to earth and can show you how to benefit from a doula in any labor & birth situation. Doulas should be the next new trend.