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FAQ


 

YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOME BIG QUESTIONS

Well, in short, we have some pretty big answers.

We're here to provide you with as much information about the birthing process as you require to ensure that you can make decisions about your birth with clarity and confidence.

Below, you'll find some answers to some of the more common questions we're asked, if you can't find the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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FAQ


 

YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOME BIG QUESTIONS

Well, in short, we have some pretty big answers.

We're here to provide you with as much information about the birthing process as you require to ensure that you can make decisions about your birth with clarity and confidence.

Below, you'll find some answers to some of the more common questions we're asked, if you can't find the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

WHAT IS A DOULA?

The word Doula (pronounced doó la) comes from the ancient Greek and is now used to refer to someone experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.

A doula is an individual who is trained in the physiological and emotional stages of the labour process. The doula's goal is to offer physical, emotional and informational support for the pregnant and labouring mom.

BENEFITS OF A DOULA

26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section
41% less likely to give birth with vacuum or forceps                                                       
28% less likely to use any analgesia or anesthesia                                          
33% less likely to be dissatisfied with or negatively rate their birth experience

source: Maternity Centre Association, NY September 2003

WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?

The Doula provides continuous labour support to not only mom but to her partner and family during this very important yet vulnerable birth process. Most Doulas offer prenatal support, support during the labour and postnatal support. The range of support varies from Doula to Doula, but most include massage in labour, verbal encouragement, ideas for pain management, offering information regarding medical procedures, wiping brows and offering warm hearts and smiles.

A DOULA

  • Recognizes childbirth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for the birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labour
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at their comfort level

WHY DO I NEED EXTRA SUPPORT DURING LABOUR?

A trained labour support companion has been shown to have a positive outcome and effect on all aspects of childbirth. Shorter labours, fewer interventions and a more positive birth experience (as reported by the Mother) are just a few of the ways a support person can help. A trained labour support companion has been shown to have a positive outcome and effect on all aspects of childbirth. 

MY HUSBAND PLANS TO BE MY SUPPORT PERSON DURING LABOUR. WILL A DOULA TAKE AWAY HIS ROLE?

A doula's role is to be the advocate for the expectant Mom and her partner. A doula is very sensitive to the needs of both partners and can be a tremendous help to the Father; removing some of the pressure he feels and allowing him to be more present for the Mom. As doulas, we act as a resource and guide throughout the pregnancy and birth.

DOES A DOULA PRIMARILY ATTEND HOME BIRTHS OR CAN I USE A DOULA IF I AM PLANNING TO GIVE BIRTH IN A HOSPITAL?

Absolutely!! A woman should give birth in the setting that she feels safe and comfortable. All labouring women should feel free to request doula support no matter where they choose to give birth. We have supported women in both hospital and home settings.

IF I HAVE A DOULA, DOES THAT MEAN I CAN'T HAVE ANY DRUGS?

A doula never judges your decision to use or not use pain medications during labour. We go over your feelings and plans for use of medications during our prenatal visits. A doula never comes between you and your primary care giver who has the expertise to administer and advise you on medications.

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