Some say that having a birth plan sets up unrealistic ideals for your births. And while if you have rigid expectations, that may be true. However, we feel that writing the birth plan isn’t what is important.
A popular way we support our birth clients is through verbal affirmations during labor and delivery.
But what exactly do we do in the birth room while you are laboring and pushing? The short answer is: whatever you need!
Birth is commonly divided into 3 stages: labor, pushing, and placenta delivery. So often the first two stages are well researched, but the third stage can be overlooked. Not today!
As you are preparing for labor and delivery, our job as doulas is help you learn about the possibilities that can occur. One of those possibilities is that you experience back labor.
Self-care is usually one of the last things that is thought about for a busy person. Between kids, your partner, your career, and your social life, sometimes taking time just for yourself seems like luxury that you just cannot afford. We have made a list of mental shifts that be a form of self care and you can think about while you are driving to your medical providers office, or waiting in the carpool line.
Part of our job as doulas is to help our clients learn about all the options available to them for pregnancy, birth, and as a new parent. One option for birth is to choose a cesarean birth, and while it is not as common as say choosing a water birth or an epidural, it is still an option that is available to those giving birth in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. As always, it is best to check with your specific health care team to determine what type of birth is best for you, your body, and your baby.
During birth, there can be any number of people present for your birth. We decided it was time to break down exactly how doulas, nurses, midwives, and doctors fit into your birth plan and delivery room.