Why Do I Need a Doula? 

Whenever I receive this question, I always start by informing the person I am speaking with that the World Health Organization has now recommended that every laboring woman have a doula. So don’t just take my word that doula services are invaluable! Take it from the most creditable health organization in the world!
There have been studies done that show the correlation between how a woman feels and is treated during labor and how she feels about her birth experience, which in turn alters her perception of the postpartum period. The more loved, nurtured and respected a woman feels during her birth, the more likely she is to have a positive birth outcome and overall perspective of her experience. When a woman has a positive birth experience, as opposed to negative, she is more likely to have a positive postpartum experience as well. Which means she is less likely to experience postpartum depression.

In addition to the labor support a doula provides and the long term positive affects it has, we offer invaluable informational support as well. There are SO many options when it comes to birth that it can be hard to choose what is best for you and your family. Doulas proved non-judgmental, evidence based information to expecting parents, while offering gentle guidance that is tailored to their specific desires for their birth. Which makes planning for your birth a lot less overwhelming!

Another great reason to have a doula is that we are seasoned in the unexpected. If there is one thing that is predictable about birth, it is that it’s unpredictable. Doulas can be the calm, cool and collected presence needed to help navigate in otherwise uncertain waters. We can also help prepare for the unexpected ahead of time!

There are so many valuable reasons as to why you should have a doula. The benefits are endless and long lasting. Every woman deserves to look back on her birth experience feeling empowered, cherished and respected! A doula gets you there.

Sources: http://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-015-0683-0 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3647727/

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How You Give Birth DOES Matter


I hear it ALL the time and it makes me want to cringe.

A woman just gives birth. It ended with a cesarian; “failure to progress”. 

She makes a Facebook status about how this wasn’t what she had expected her experience to look like. She is sad, but still in love with her new baby. Then, the comments flood in. One by one, a different variation of the phrase, “All that matters is a healthy mom and baby” fill the post.

While the health and safety of mom and baby are always the first on the list, it is not, by any means, the only thing that matters when it comes to birth.

The way a woman gives birth and perceives her experience has the power to alter her entire outlook on motherhood, life and herself in general. 

We should be asking mothers more about how they feel emotionally after their birth experience, not just assuming they are okay because they and their baby are healthy.

Were they respected? Were they encouraged? Was their voice heard? Did they feel loved? Nurtured? Were there interventions they did not want, plan for and/or permit? 

All these things are powerful and valid aspects about childbirth outcomes that matter. 

Why? Because birth matters. 

Studies now show the correlation between birth outcomes and postpartum depression. So the more satisfied a woman is with the overall experience of her birth, the less likely she is to experience PPD.

Validation is key. If you hear a woman talking about her birth experience and she is unsatisfied, or even traumatized, please remember that while health and safety of mom and baby are the most important thing about birth, it is not the only thing that matters.

Validate her. Validate her feelings and her experience. 

Because birth matters.

No. Doulas are not for “hippies”.

But maybe they are…

The point I’m getting at here is that there is no restriction to who doulas are for.

They’re for everyone.

EVERYONE! 

Which is why I’ve started my “doulas for everyone” hashtag.

Think of Oprah.

“You get a doula and you get a doula and YOU get a doula!”

Giving birth in a field of flowers next to a baby deer and some squirrels may totally be your cup of tea and that’s awesome.

However, this stigma that doulas are only for women looking for that type of experience needs to stop. It’s getting a little old. 

It’s when you realize that all birth is birth, the stigma starts to fade.

Want all the drugs available? Great!

Want no drugs at all? Awesome!

Home?

Hospital?

Birth center?

Cesarean?

High five! You’re still going to give birth to a human being and you’re amazing for doing it.

AND, you are still going to immensely value the vital prenatal and labor (and postpartum) support a doula provides.

I mean, there’s a reason the World Health Organization recommends that every laboring woman has a doula. If you don’t take my word for it, take theirs.

Giving birth, no matter how you do it, is a life altering event that will turn your world upside down and rock it to the core. All while your heart feels like it’s going to explode with a newfound love for this tiny human you created.

Doulas are in the business of making this amazing journey in your life as enjoyable, safe and exciting as possible. 

It’s about education, advocacy and support.

And it’about putting the sacredness back into birth.

So go ahead! Give birth in that field. Or in the hospital. Or at the birth center. Or in your home.

Just do it with a doula by your side.