Monday, March 11, 2013

Doula

Hi, my name is Sam and I spent this entire weekend becoming a trained doula.

What's a doula you ask?

A doula is a trained birth attendant who provides continuous support to the mother, the baby, and the partner to help them attain a positive birth experience.

It is amazing the statistics, of what a difference having a doula at your birth makes. You're less likely to request any form of pain medication. You're less likely to have unwanted interventions (epidurals, episiotomy, c-sections). And the best part? You're stastically likely to have a shorter birth.
  • If you're going for a natural birth, the knowledge and support that a doula can provide can help you get that birth that you want.
  • If you're going in for an induction, and therefore need an epidural, a doula can help you feel apart of your labor, as many woman feel like their birth experience was taken away from them when they can't feel anything.
  • If you're going in for a C-Section, if a doula is allowed in the room she can provide support to the mother while husband watches the birth, and explain what is going on. If she's not allowed it the room, she can provide support to the mother while the husband is in the nursery with the baby, helping a mother process through her birth.
I'm so passionate about birth and relearning to trust in our body's ability to give birth. I'm passionate about teaching and involving the partner during the birth to allow the couple to bond even further.

I learned so much and so excited to offer my services to women for very cheap or free as I work towards my international certification.

So if you know anyone in the Salt Lake area who's pregnant and would like a doula, e-mail me and let me know!

11 comments:

Leia A. said...

That's great! I was going to look into being a doula as well because my idol (Erykah Badu) is one and is a big advocate-- she sparked my interest. Doulas are pretty amazing & I definitely want one when I'm ready to have children. =)

Angi said...

That is so cool that you're a doula!!! I'd kill to have a midwife or a doula when I have a baby but unfortunately I don't think there is anyone in my town who practices...

Jacqui Calvert said...

Congratulations! I think it is such a wonderful thing to be able to give a woman during childbirth, someone there just for her. I wish you lived close to me, or vice versa. I'd hire you :-)

Rolled Up Pretty said...

That's awesome you are a trained doula! :)

Tanika Rice said...

THAT IS AWESOME. With my next baby I will have to consult you ;)

Autumn said...

Oh goodness, you are a brave lady. I think the birthing and pregnancy experience is absolutely terrifying! Lucky for people like me to have people like you to help through the process.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Wow that is REALLY COOL Sam! Congratulations!

Kayla Peveler said...

OMG girl that is awesome! Congrats!! :)

Claire Davis said...

My sister had a Doula and really loved it. She said it helped her to be calm and prepared!

Rachel said...

That's exciting! My husband and I are planning to have home births when we have children. I've heard a lot of good things about midwives and doulas!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

That's awesome! One of my good friends from junior high/high school is a doula and she loves it.

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