Why do I need a doula now?
A Doula During Covid-19
The world is changing quickly right now. In the last week we have had hospitals change policies from having only one support person, to in some places, not having any support people (including partners) allowed in the hospital during their babies delivery. While doulas typically fulfill this role by providing expertise, experience, physical, emotional, and informational support in person, this same support can be provided without being present. And it needs to be.
Families will be walking into tougher birth environments, have higher anxiety, and still need the support to get through their births. Doulas can still do this in person and virtually. Our support still comes before, during, and after birth to give families a healthy and positive experience.
Why Still Hire a Doula even if we can't be there?
Whether you are a first time mom or an experienced mom, we can help.
We can still be with you before the hospital
Birth plans are changing and our services are adjusting. there will be an option for us to help you labor at
home to avoid going into the hospital environment before you need to. We can be there to support your
partner and when you enter the hospital, we will continue to provide support virtually.
If you ask a woman details of the day she gave birth, chances are she can tell you everything down to what
she ate for breakfast. The day a baby is born is a birth-day for baby as well as the new mom and family.
Studies show that how that day goes has a large impact on many aspects of motherhood, family life,
and well-being from that point forward. In this environment, that emotional support will be key in preparation for the birth.
Physical and Emotional Support
Research shows having a doula can significantly decrease the need for interventions during birth,
including lowering the rate of cesarean section. This is a huge concern for many first time
moms as well as moms looking to have a VBAC. With the training and labor experience we have received,
we are able to help you manage your pain, emotions, and decisions, to be in line with your goals and needs
even without being there.
Knowledge is power and that could not be more true right now.. We want families to still have the knowledge they need
during labor. We know they will still be more likely to request pain medication less frequently,
have less intervention during their birth and have a higher satisfaction with their birth experience.
A lot of women want to breastfeed and we want to help. Breastfeeding support is available once your
baby is born and can be followed-up within your postpartum visit.
Research shows the more a mom is supported to breastfeed, the likelihood is increased that she will be successful.
What might a Doula do during Birth virtually ?
During labor, a doula is trained to provide emotional and physical support. Even without being physically present, doulas can help you to understand medical terminology so you can make more informed decisions. They can help facilitate communication between you, family members, and your medical team. Doulas can guide mothers to find positions and movements to help labor progress, make suggestions for the next steps and reassure partners. Should you elect or need a cesarean section, a doula can provide all the same support, and help you to remain calm, informed and relaxed.