Anticipating childbirth can be a stressful time for mothers. The physical changes of pregnancy, emotional journey as well as preparing to meet your newborn baby can be overwhelming.
Katrina from Cuddle & Co Doulas is a mom herself. After her own experience of seeing what a significant impact a birth companion (midwife) had on her own birthing experience, she was inspired to become a Doula herself.
Here we share insights from Katrina to help you understand the benefits of a Doula.
Tell us about yourself and how you became a Doula?
My journey into becoming a doula started after the birth of my first daughter.
My gynaecologist informed me that I would not be able to give natural birth due to my physical structure.
I was devastated and I immediately started to research on my different options.
I found an incredible midwife who believed I could do it .
On 11-12-2013 at 7am I gave natural birth after a very quick labor to my precious little girl …. I am glad I trusted myself and my body that I COULD give natural birth. This inspired me and I wanted to empower women and educate them on their birthing options . So I completed a doula course , qualified and the rest is history 🙂
What is a Doula?
- Are your birthing cheerleaders.
- Offer physical and emotional support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth.
- Enable a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy and into motherhood.
What are the benefits of having a Doula during pregnancy?
If I have a doctor, why do I need a Doula?
Doctors and nurses are often happy to have doulas working with them. Medical-care providers are watching out for so many aspects of the mother’s and baby’s clinical care that they aren’t necessarily able to provide the emotional support a woman may want during labour. A doula can help a mother-to-be feel less anxious, and that sense of calm can often lead to a safer labour and birth.
What are the pre natal and post natal support that a Doula provides:
During pregnancy a doula will answer questions about what to expect during labour and what your options are. As well as helping you find relief from various symptoms such as back ache, leg cramps, insomnia and nausea.
b. During Birth
During delivery, doulas stay close the mother throughout the whole birth experience to ensure that she is supported.
They have the ability to provide insight with regard to pain relief techniques, relaxation techniques, and labour positions.
A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill what she wants her birth to be (e.g. birth plan). The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an un-medicated birth or a c-section.
c. Post Natal
A postpartum doula provides information on things such as breast feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.
Tips for moms who are choosing a Doula, what should they consider?
It is very important that you gel with your doula. She will be there for such an incredible moment for you and your partner. I always recommend interviewing a few doulas to see who is the perfect fit.
What do you love most about what you do?
Ah , the moment of LIFE !! It’s the most rewarding job in the world. I get see husband /wives/partners become mom and dad , and just outside the room there is a mom and dad who have just become grandparents !