Is A Doula For Me?
I tend to associate “doula” with a crunchy mom, having a water birth at home, talking about birth like a flower emerging. Well that’s bologna. A watermelon is about to come out of my hooha, I don’t need chanting and calming music, I need some serious intervention here! That must mean a doula isn’t for me…or does it?
Who Is A Doula For?
Well first, a doula is NOT there to tell you what kind of birth to have. They don’t care if you want to have an epidural, if you’re scheduling a c-section or if you’re planning a natural birth at home. They are NOT there to choose your intervention level for you or to dictate your birth plan…nope they are there to help you have the healthiest and most fulfilling birth. So do you…
Want a hospital birth.
Need dad in the room.
Never want to have a mirror placed down yonder so you can see.
Expect an epidural as soon as humanly possible.
Desire a peaceful water birth.
Well then, a doula is for you!
But is a doula for me if I am…
A first time mom?
Popping out baby #4?
Picking out your room at the hospital?
Very sure of your birth plan?
Have no idea what to expect?
Yep, a dola is for you too!
The job a doula is to help you understand your options before the birth, know what you do and don’t want, be in your corner the entire birth and help you deliver a safe, healthy baby. They are there to give you comfort, relief, encouragement and confidence. (If you aren’t sure exactly what a doula does…you can learn more about that right HERE!)
They aren’t for one type of mom or one birth plan.
So crunchy mom? Breastfeeding mom? Formula mom? Free-range mom? Attachment mom? Have no idea what any of these types of moms mean mom?
Then a doula is for you too!
If you are interested in learning more about how a doula can help you, what the benefits are (births with a doula present are 41min shorter on average…there is more where that came from!) and the costs, you can grab To Doula or Not To Doula which is a FREE guide on all things doula to help you decide if one is right for you!
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