✅ALL ABOUT HIRING A BIRTH DOULA✅
So you’re pregnant and thinking about hiring a birth doula 🤩 A birth doula is someone who offers emotional, physical and educational support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. It’s important to know that a doula should support your birth. Even if it means scheduling a planned cesarean or wanting an epidural! It’s YOUR birth. Her job is to give you the risks vs benefits, let you choose your birth style and give you support towards whatever you choose! She’s not just there to rub your back, although back rubs are yummy 🤤 She’s there to help you navigate choppy water too. You can plan your birth all you want, but at the end of the day, you cannot predict how your birth will go. A Doula can help you through unpredictable situations in childbirth. She cannot and should not speak for you. She can help you find your voice and aid in a healthy relationship between you and your care provider. With that being said, here’s the facts, a birth doula can:
📌significantly lower your chances of a cesarean
📌lower your chances for pitocin to augment labor and medicine for pain management
📌reduce the length of labor
📌aid you with putting together the birth you desire
📌give you childbirth education
📌give you the risks vs benefits to every procedure
📌give you confidence in birth
📌aid your partner as well by giving him/her tips on how to help you through labor and birth, as well as give your partner proper breaks during labor to eat, shower or nap.
📌higher chance of satisfying birth experience
📌lower your chance of postpartum depression
📌aid you in breastfeeding with a higher success rate
📌ease your anxiety about birth
🤔WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK A POSSIBLE BIRTH DOULA DURING AN INTERVIEW🤔
➖where has she trained?
➖how long has she been a doula?
➖how many births has she attended?
➖how many clients does she take in 1 month?
➖does she have referrals or a Yelp page?
➖is this her full time gig or does she have another job?
➖if she has children, does she have secure on-call childcare?
➖what’s her philosophy on birth?
➖why did she choose to become a doula?
➖what are things she can do during labor to help you? Maybe massage, acupressure, hip squeezes, use of aromatherapy, verbal encouragement, position changes etc etc
➖how can she help incorporate your partner so he/she is more involved?
➖does she have special skills, like use of a rebozo, spinning babies, lactation consultant, birth/video photography etc etc?
➖what’s in her doula bag? birthing ball, peanut ball, essential oils, flameless candles, chapstick, hair ties etc etc?
➖what’s her fee? is it a flat rate or sliding scale?
➖does she take payment plans?
➖can you trade with her? maybe you are a website designer and she will trade a website build for doula services
➖how many prenatal visits does she offer and what will she be doing with you at those visits?
➖when is she officially “on-call” to you?
➖unlimited calls, texts or emails?
➖when will she come to you on baby day? As soon as labor starts? When active labor is established?
➖in the event she can’t make it to you, does she have a back-up doula and can you meet and/or speak with her?
➖can she take photos and/or videos of the birth if you choose?
➖let’s say labor is happening and your care provider comes in suggesting an intervention. how will she handle this situation?
➖how can she support you in the event of a cesarean?
➖how long does she stay after the birth and can she assist you with breastfeeding?
➖what happens in the unfortunate event of a miscarriage or stillbirth?
➖what happens in the event of a long labor? does she stay the whole time, take breaks, call her back-up?
➖what happens in the event of a needed medical induction which can take as long as 3 days? is she there the whole time? get you comfy at the start of the induction then leave and come back when proper labor has been established?
➖how many postpartum visits does she offer?
➖is she available via phone/text/email after the birth for questions on breastfeeding and/or newborn questions
✅ITS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU LIKE YOUR DOULA. DO YOU HAVE A CONNECTION WITH HER? CAN YOU SEE HER PLAYING A ROLE ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH YOU? CONNECTION IS VITAL✅
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