What is a doula?
A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
How can a doula help me?
Physical Support-Position ideas for comfort and labor progression cross over with hands-on comfort measures like comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques and other “doula magic” for families. A doula’s skilled hands and positioning tools can often help a malpositioned baby find its way through the pelvis and into the birthing parent’s arms.
Emotional Support-Doulas help families to feel supported, easing the emotional experience of birth and also helping to create a space where the hormones of labor can work at their best. Whether a birth is completely unmedicated or medically very complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this tender, incredible time in their lives.
Partner Support-Whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member like the baby’s grandma, the birth partner’s experience matters in birth. Our doulas are there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.
Evidenced-Based Information and Advocacy-DONA International doulas are trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. Our doulas serve as a bridge of communication between women and their providers, lifting them up to help them find their voices and advocate for the very best care. www.dona.org
How much does a doula cost?
Anywhere from $300-$2000. A doulas fees are based on four factors; certification, experience level, location, and training.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?
Yes! An occasional beer or glass of wine is acceptable while breastfeeding. Moderate to heavy drinking would put a baby at risk. But occasional exposure to alcohol through the milk has not been found to be harmful. You may also allow time for the alcohol to clear from your system. For example, the alcohol from one glass of beer or wine is out of the milk of a 120 pound woman within two to three hours (Shulte 1995). You don't need to express milk for it clear of alcohol. As your blood alcohol level decreases so will the level in your milk. (Breastfeeding made simple by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall)
Can I drink coffee while breastfeeding?
Yes! One or two cups of caffinated drinks per day will not cause a problem for most breastfeeding mothers and babies.
Why are fear and anxiety bad for labor progression?
Stress hormones are secreted when a person is frightened, angry, or is in real or percieved danger. These hormones called Catecholamines tend to counteract the effects of oxytocin and endorphins, causing contractions to space out or be ineffective. Also, the fetal heart rate may slow, and/or the woman may become tense, alert, fearful, and protective of her unborn child.