We teamed up with Annika, from Southeast Doula Care, and she is here to tell us the benefits of hiring a Birth Doula.
If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
John H. Kennell, MD
Doulas are all the rage now – everybody seems to talk about them and all the celebs seem to have one. But what does a Doula actually do? Can my partner not do all of this? The answer is – yes. Absolutely. And a Doula can help them to do it even better.
From the day you are 37 weeks pregnant, I am ready to jump out of bed, leave a party or whatever other event and run to you the minute you need me, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. But Doulas are not only there to support the labouring woman, but we also care for the people chosen to be at the birth. In the thick of a birth, partners can feel quite anxious and even in the way of medical staff – it doesn’t have to be that way though! At Southeast Doula Care, one of the things I do best is teaching your partner how to best take care of you. Have you booked into my Birth Support Workshop yet?
As a Doula, I meet you where you’re at. I provide you with all the information you require to make well-informed decisions that suit you, your family and your situation – be it a hospital birth, home birth, scheduled caesarean birth, VBAC, induction, birth with epidurals or other pain medications or birth without any intervention. Wherever your journey into parenthood takes you, as your Doula, I am by your side. My main goal is to help you not only have the best birth experience for you but the birth experience you want!
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), collected data suggests that one of the most effective tools to improve birth outcomes is continuity of care which is exactly what a Doula provides. Did you know that, on average, hiring a doula shortens labour by about 40 minutes and babies are less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth?
Not sure what you want or how to approach labour? I can help you to figure out what you and your partner really want. What works for your family and your lifestyle? Give me a call if you would like to book in for a Birth Preference session!
But what if things do not according to plan? When all your decisions were made and all the planning was done – but suddenly, out of nowhere, it doesn’t feel right for you anymore! Or a medical need arises and your carefully prepared Birth Preferences fly out of the window? No problem. Whenever you feel you need to adjust what you are doing, you do just that. I will help you make informed decisions that suit your new situation.
I am not a medical professional, I do not replace your midwife or your consultant and frankly have no desire to do so. It is my job to support you physically, emotionally and educationally. I provide you with comfort measures, I listen, I enable your strength, I ensure that you can speak for yourself and that you ask the right questions.
As your Doula, I have your back.
Southeast Doula Care
Annika is a trained Labour and Postpartum Doula and mother of three living in Wexford.
Having had both hospital and home births, she offers non-judgemental support and information to expectant and new families from pregnancy through all types of birth and into family life by helping to achieve the best birth and postpartum experience for you.