"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." - Diana Korte
Drafting a Pregnancy Dream Team: Pregnant woman have options for support — from midwives and doulas to lactation specialists, acupuncturists and more. We take a look at building the perfect team to help during birth. (Video by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News)
Written by Mary Lynn Mitcham Strom
Where she does it: During a pregnancy, a doula keeps in touch with her clients over the phone and via email and usually schedules one prenatal visit at the client’s home because that’s where she’s likely to start laboring. She’ll also be present at the delivery, wherever it takes place —in the hospital, birthing center, or at home.
Who should use her: Anyone planning a vaginal birth. Doulas can help support you through natural childbirth or even through pain management. “A doula can help when they’re administering an epidural,” says Anderson, “and also, she’ll be there while the epidural is in place in case it’s not completely effective pain relief.” If you’re having a cesarean, however, it might not make much sense to hire a birth doula: Depending on the hospital and if you have a partner, the doula may not be allowed in the delivery room.
Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Founder of DAWN Foundation and North Texas Doulas. You can find her on Google+
“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.’” – Midwifery Today