Childbirth

Why Partners Love Doulas!

Why Partners Love Doulas!

So many times as a doula I’ve heard “I think we really need a doula and my husband doesn’t care either way” or sometimes “he’s not really on board yet” or “he’s not sure how you could help us if things go wrong”. As doulas, it’s important for our clients to know that we are not their partners. I am not your care provider or your partner but I can support both in so many ways!

In prenatal visits with my clients, I like to get to know the partner just as much as the birthing person. I want to know what their goals, fears and desires are for the birth just as much as the birthing person because they are equally important and only help me better support everyone in the birthing room. Whether the partner wants to be 100% physically involved or needs to do more emotional supporting, I help the partner prepare to do those things and support them throughout.

So why do partners love doulas?

10 Crazy Amazing Placenta Facts

10 Crazy Amazing Placenta Facts

So, you’ve spent your pregnancy celebrating the tiny human that you are now single-handedly growing, feeding, sharing closely intimate space with. The big day of birth arrives. You birth your beautiful baby. Then your care provider starts pushing down on your uterus like a bread-dough maker telling you “Ok, it looks like your placenta is on it’s way.” Then, suddenly you feel this jelly, blob-like organ come out of your body like you just sneezed something overly large from the wrong part of your body. Not only did you grow a human, you grew an entire organ to provide for that human and then expel along with it. That organ is unlike any other organ in your body and it is pretty crazy amazing. I could have listed more than 10 amazing facts about it, but these were my top 10 for sure.

Birth Plan: To Have or Not to Have?

Birth Plan: To Have or Not to Have?

I've met moms with no birth plan and I've met moms with binders of birth plans. I've met moms with a few simple birth requests and moms that have a few pages worth of birth requests. I've met moms that want to "go with the flow" and moms that urge the hospital staff to not steer away from their birth plans at all. So what is all the fuss about birth plans and should you have one or not? Will the staff read them or not?

Doulas Support Epidurals

Doulas Support Epidurals

I have been asked on more than one occasion, "What if I get an epidural? How will you support us if I choose to get an epidural?"  I've also been told, "I don't need a doula, I just want to get an epidural and be done with it."....  A doula should be able to support you physically and emotionally, should offer partner support and educational information and advocacy, no matter the birth plan.

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

When Sheryl asked me to be her doula... honestly, I can't remember if she asked or if I offered. Either way, I think we both knew it was going to happen. The 13-hour car ride between us didn't even phase me when I committed. Having 2 children of my own already, I was ecstatic to finally welcome that "next generation" to finally add to our friendship line. We've only been talking about our kids growing up together since...

10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing A Doula

10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing A Doula

So you've decided to hire a doula! Next, you'll arrange for a consultation aka an interview. This interview is a great opportunity for you (and your partner!) to not only get to know the services the doula offers, but also who the doula is and how well they will work with you through this very special time.