What Do Doulas Do?

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What does a Doula Do?

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Overall, people who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans.

In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth. There is a smaller amount of evidence that doula support in labor can lower postpartum depression in mothers.

There is no evidence for negative consequences to continuous labor support.”

https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

 

In no particular order, and not exhaustive, these are some things that I have done to support the women who have hired me.

  • Stayed with my client.

  • Protected their birthing space.

  • Advocated for clients, if that was requested in their birth plan.

  • Listened.

  • Supported clients writing a birth plan.

  • Provided links and resources to information that was needed for clients to make informed decisions.

  • Occasionally go on a little bit about informed decision making and B.R.A.I.N.

  • Made no judgements about the informed decisions clients made.

  • Supported clients in writing a post-natal recovery plan.

  • Physically supported clients during labour.

  • Mothered the mother.

  • Listened

  • Made sure clients & their significant other if there was one, was comfortable, fed, and watered when baby arrived.

  • Held the baby when asked.

  • Supported breastfeeding and attachment.

  • Know lots of other doulas and early parenting service providers and referred to them if there was a need I couldn’t fill myself.

  • Always learning.

  • Attended a job finding events with my client to hold and care for the baby and to provide emotional support when client was made redundant during their maternity leave.

  • Take photo snaps of the birthing parent at key stages, with consent, but not as a professional photographer.

  • Loaded my phone with music to be played during labour when client didn’t have the time or technology to do so

  • Set up birth rooms to increase Oxytocin

  • Massaged a client’s swollen ankles post-natally to provide comfort and touch.

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