Answers to your Question
The biggest question you should be asking yourself is:
"Is it really worth it to hire a doula?"
Yeah! It really worth it. Sometimes we spend a lot on superfluous things, expensive material goods that we later regret, a baby shower that looks like a wedding, and we forget about ourselves. Hiring a doula is a gift you give to yourself. It is not a spent, but an investment in your well-being.
Will the Doula not interfere with my partner's role?
Doula and partners play two different but interconnected roles. The partner has a love for the mother and baby that no one can replace. Doulas are trained in techniques and comfort measures. Partners have a deep bond with the mother and understand her needs; Doula has experience with the birth process and support for families. Partners know how the mother handles stress, while Doulas know the language of childbirth and can help families understand the choice made in labor and postpartum. Finally, the partner can take a break, eat or sleep, while the doula supports the mother. The doula can communicate with the family, or take pictures so that the partner is 100% present. Like Doula, I'm not here to replace your partner's role, but to work together towards the same goal, which is to make the pregnant woman feel as comfortable, happy and confident as possible.
Why to hire a Doula?
Scientific researches carried out in various parts of the world show that the role of Doula in childbirth can decrease in:
50% cesarean rates;
20% the duration of labor;
60% the requests for anesthesia;
40% the use of medication to induce contractions;
40% the use of forceps;
In addition, the presence of Doula also showed emotional and psychological benefits between mother and baby with positive results such as:
Satisfaction with the birth experience;
Interaction in the mother-infant relationship;
Greater success in breastfeeding;
Reduction in the incidence of postpartum depression
What is the difference between the services of a Doula and a Midwife?
Preparing for childbirth by providing detailed information about the entire process of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium
Applying massages during pregnancy and teaching massage techniques to the partner
Assistance in the birth plan
Emotional support through the continuous presence beside the pregnant woman, providing encouragement and tranquility, offering affection, words of reassurance and support.
Favors the maintenance of a calm and welcoming environment, with silence and privacy
Breathing exercises and techniques for pain relief between hires, as well as measures to aid the progress of labor It acts as a communication bridge between the woman, her family and the service team
The doula becomes important even in a cesarean delivery, where it continues to provide support, comfort and help the woman to relax and calm down during the surgery.
Present in the postpartum period, helping the mother in breastfeeding, the interaction of the family with the newborn and in the dynamics of the new family structure
Provides information on birth procedures, drug anesthetic methods options, and the operation of each hospital.
Monitors pregnancy, controlling maternal and baby health
Depending on the team, they work in shifts, often not following the labor from start to finish
If the pregnant woman chooses anesthesia, her delivery will be performed by the midwife at the hospital and not by the one who accompanied her throughout her pregnancy
Performs clinical gynecological procedures such as measuring pressure, vaginal touches, fetal heart rate monitoring during labor
It is able to detect any signs that may put the pregnant woman and/or the baby in danger, as well as perform necessary urgent procedures
The obstetrician does not accompany cesarean delivery. This is done by the gynecologist and the team on duty for the day.
Postpartum visit to monitor maternal recovery and mother/infant interaction
Then, how is the work with your Midwife?
The Midwives and Doulas play an integral role during pregnancy and childbirth, but with very different roles, offering different types of services.
Midwives have medical training and, during the delivery process, they focus on the process of bringing the baby healthy, avoiding any risk to the life of the mother and baby.
The Doulas, on the other hand, focus on the mother's needs, offering mental, physical and emotional support. While an Midwife is attending to your medical needs, measuring blood pressure or monitoring the baby, I will be there to attend to your needs, whether it's with a foot massage, acum pressure or even to ensure that your wishes are respected.