The Role of a Doula in Pregnancy & Childbirth


THE HOUR WITH THE LEADS
HEADLINES. HEADLINES.
NOW MORE DAYTIME. NOW MORE DAYTIME.
>>>PREGNANCY, LABOR AND>>>PREGNANCY, LABOR AND
DELIVERY CAN BE AN OVERWHELMING DELIVERY CAN BE AN OVERWHELMING
TIME IN A WOMAN’S LIFE AND IT TIME IN A WOMAN’S LIFE AND IT
HELPS TO HAVE SOMEONE BY YOUR HELPS TO HAVE SOMEONE BY YOUR
SIDE TO HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY. SIDE TO HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY.
>>Brittany: THAT’S WHY WE HAVE>>Brittany: THAT’S WHY WE HAVE
DOULA AND LAMARCK CERTIFIED DOULA AND LAMARCK CERTIFIED
CHILD TO TALK ABOUT THE BASICS CHILD TO TALK ABOUT THE BASICS
OF DOULA. OF DOULA.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING
IN. IN.
FIRST, WHAT IS A DOULA? FIRST, WHAT IS A DOULA?
>>THE WORD DOULA MEANS SERVANT>>THE WORD DOULA MEANS SERVANT
OR SLAVE , SOMETIMES IN THE OR SLAVE , SOMETIMES IN THE
ORIGINAL GREEK. ORIGINAL GREEK.
A DOULA IS A PROFESSIONAL A DOULA IS A PROFESSIONAL
SERVANT. SERVANT.
SO FOR NEW FAMILIES OR SO FOR NEW FAMILIES OR
EXPECTING MOMS . EXPECTING MOMS .
THERE ARE BIRTH DOULA WHO THERE ARE BIRTH DOULA WHO
WORKED DURING LABOR AND WORKED DURING LABOR AND
DELIVERY TO SUPPORT A FAMILY DELIVERY TO SUPPORT A FAMILY
AND POSTPARTUM DEALERS THAT AND POSTPARTUM DEALERS THAT
COME IN A COUPLE DAYS A WEEK OR COME IN A COUPLE DAYS A WEEK OR
WHATEVER A MOMENT ONCE FOR HER WHATEVER A MOMENT ONCE FOR HER
SCHEDULE TO HELP THE NEW BABY. SCHEDULE TO HELP THE NEW BABY.
CUDDLING IN THAT POSTPARTUM CUDDLING IN THAT POSTPARTUM
ADJUSTMENT TIME. ADJUSTMENT TIME.
>>Natalie: I HAVE HEARD OF A>>Natalie: I HAVE HEARD OF A
MIDWIFE IN A DOULA WHAT IS THE MIDWIFE IN A DOULA WHAT IS THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO? DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
>>A MIDWIFE IS A PRIMARY CARE>>A MIDWIFE IS A PRIMARY CARE
PROVIDER. PROVIDER.
SHE DOES THE SAME TYPE OF WORK SHE DOES THE SAME TYPE OF WORK
A DOCTOR DOES WITH THE A DOCTOR DOES WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF CESAREAN SECTIONS. EXCEPTION OF CESAREAN SECTIONS.
MIDWIFE HANDLES THE HOLDING . MIDWIFE HANDLES THE HOLDING .
A DOULA IS A SUPPORT A DOULA IS A SUPPORT
PROFESSIONAL. PROFESSIONAL.
WE DON’T DO DIAGNOSIS, WE DON’T WE DON’T DO DIAGNOSIS, WE DON’T
TREAT , BUT WE OFFER EDUCATIONAL TREAT , BUT WE OFFER EDUCATIONAL
SUPPORT , EMOTIONAL SUPPORT , SUPPORT , EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ,
PHYSICAL SUPPORT THROUGH LABOR PHYSICAL SUPPORT THROUGH LABOR
AND ENCOURAGE THE MOM AND THE AND ENCOURAGE THE MOM AND THE
FAMILY AND ADVOCATING FOR WHAT FAMILY AND ADVOCATING FOR WHAT
THEY WANT FOR THEIR LABOR AND THEY WANT FOR THEIR LABOR AND
BIRTH AND HOPEFULLY FACILITATE BIRTH AND HOPEFULLY FACILITATE
COMMUNICATION WITH STAFF. COMMUNICATION WITH STAFF.
>>Natalie: YOU RECOMMEND WOMEN>>Natalie: YOU RECOMMEND WOMEN
HIRE A DOULA?>>I THINK MOST HIRE A DOULA?>>I THINK MOST
WOMEN FIND IT HELPFUL TO HAVE WOMEN FIND IT HELPFUL TO HAVE
SOMEBODY THERE THAT THEY KNOW SOMEBODY THERE THAT THEY KNOW
AHEAD OF TIME. AHEAD OF TIME.
THEY’RE NOT SURE WHO YOUR NURSE THEY’RE NOT SURE WHO YOUR NURSE
IS GOING TO BE, OFTEN YOU GET IS GOING TO BE, OFTEN YOU GET
THE DOCTORS ON CALL FOR YOUR THE DOCTORS ON CALL FOR YOUR
PRACTICE WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE PRACTICE WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE
SOMEBODY YOU SEE DURING SOMEBODY YOU SEE DURING
PREGNANCY. PREGNANCY.
IN A DOULA IS ABLE TO OFFER IN A DOULA IS ABLE TO OFFER
CONTINUOUS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT CONTINUOUS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT
THE LABOR PROCESS AND USUALLY THE LABOR PROCESS AND USUALLY
THEY ARE FROM EARLY LABOR UNTIL THEY ARE FROM EARLY LABOR UNTIL
A COUPLE HOURS AFTER THE BABY A COUPLE HOURS AFTER THE BABY
IS BORN. IS BORN.
IT’S A FAMILIAR FACE AND FOR IT’S A FAMILIAR FACE AND FOR
SUPPORT PEOPLE, SPOUSE, LOVER SUPPORT PEOPLE, SPOUSE, LOVER
MOM IS BRINGING WITH HER , THAT MOM IS BRINGING WITH HER , THAT
PERSON IS ABLE TO BE PRESENT . PERSON IS ABLE TO BE PRESENT .
TO BE THE HUSBAND, TO BE MOM TO BE THE HUSBAND, TO BE MOM
WITHOUT HAVING TO BE A WALKING WITHOUT HAVING TO BE A WALKING
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNOWLEDGE. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNOWLEDGE.
THEY ARE ABLE TO BE IN THEIR THEY ARE ABLE TO BE IN THEIR
OWN WORLD.>>Natalie: MY OWN WORLD.>>Natalie: MY
BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW JUST BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW JUST
HAD A BABY AND THEY HAD A DOULA HAD A BABY AND THEY HAD A DOULA
AND THEY WERE REALLY PLEASED AND THEY WERE REALLY PLEASED
WITH IT BECAUSE THEY SAID WITH IT BECAUSE THEY SAID
DURING THE CHAOS OF ALL THE DURING THE CHAOS OF ALL THE
THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, THAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, THAT
DOULA IS LIKE YOUR ADVOCATE , A DOULA IS LIKE YOUR ADVOCATE , A
PERSON WHO IS GOING TO SPEAK UP PERSON WHO IS GOING TO SPEAK UP
FOR YOU WHEN SOMETIMES THINGS FOR YOU WHEN SOMETIMES THINGS
ARE REALLY KIND OF CRAZY ARE REALLY KIND OF CRAZY
HECTIC. HECTIC.
IS THAT HOW YOU WOULD DESCRIBE IS THAT HOW YOU WOULD DESCRIBE
IT? IT?
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY.
REGARDLESS OF WHO ELSE IS IN REGARDLESS OF WHO ELSE IS IN
THE ROOM, THE DOULA IS THE ONE THE ROOM, THE DOULA IS THE ONE
PERSON WHOSE PRIMARY PERSON WHOSE PRIMARY
RESPONSIBILITY IS EMOTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IS EMOTIONAL
WELL-BEING OF THAT MOTHER. WELL-BEING OF THAT MOTHER.
AND NEVER SUPPORT PEOPLE. AND NEVER SUPPORT PEOPLE.
SO I DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT SO I DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH BABY AND WHAT’S GOING ON WITH BABY AND
THE STAFF TAKES CARE OF THAT. THE STAFF TAKES CARE OF THAT.
I’M ABLE TO BE THERE I’M ABLE TO BE THERE
EXCLUSIVELY FOR MOM. EXCLUSIVELY FOR MOM.
SPEEDS UP SO SPECIAL BECAUSE SPEEDS UP SO SPECIAL BECAUSE
TYPICALLY WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS TYPICALLY WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS
IT’S ALMOST LIKE YOU DON’T IT’S ALMOST LIKE YOU DON’T
EXIST ANYMORE. EXIST ANYMORE.
EVERYTHING IS ABOUT THAT BABY EVERYTHING IS ABOUT THAT BABY
SO IT’S NICE TO HAVE THAT. SO IT’S NICE TO HAVE THAT.
WHICH SHOULD BE PEOPLE LOOKING WHICH SHOULD BE PEOPLE LOOKING
FOR WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING TO FOR WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING TO
FIND A DOULA? FIND A DOULA?
>>YOU WANT SOMEONE’S WHOSE>>YOU WANT SOMEONE’S WHOSE
PERSONALITY MESHES WELL WITH PERSONALITY MESHES WELL WITH
YOURS. YOURS.
I WOULD SUGGEST INTERVIEWING I WOULD SUGGEST INTERVIEWING
SEVERAL DOULA TO SEE WHO YOU SEVERAL DOULA TO SEE WHO YOU
FIT WELL WITH . FIT WELL WITH .
ALSO, I WILL LOOK CAREFULLY AT ALSO, I WILL LOOK CAREFULLY AT
THEIR TRAINING, THEIR THEIR TRAINING, THEIR
CERTIFICATIONS . CERTIFICATIONS .
IF THEY OFFER PACKAGES , FOR IF THEY OFFER PACKAGES , FOR
INSTANCE MASSAGE THERAPY INSTANCE MASSAGE THERAPY
PACKAGE. PACKAGE.
ARE THEY A LICENSED MASSAGE ARE THEY A LICENSED MASSAGE
THERAPIST OR A LICENSED THERAPIST OR A LICENSED
THERAPIST MAY NOT? THERAPIST MAY NOT?
AND YOU HAVE A COLLEAGUE WAS A AND YOU HAVE A COLLEAGUE WAS A
MASSAGE THERAPIST AND THAT IS MASSAGE THERAPIST AND THAT IS
ONE THING WE PULLED INTO OUR ONE THING WE PULLED INTO OUR
PACKAGES BUT YOU WANT TO MAKE PACKAGES BUT YOU WANT TO MAKE
SURE YOU SAM HAVE SOMEBODY WHO SURE YOU SAM HAVE SOMEBODY WHO
IS TRAINED IN WHAT THEY ARE IS TRAINED IN WHAT THEY ARE
OFFERING AND UNDER THE OFFERING AND UNDER THE
APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION . APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION .
MOSTLY IT’S FINDING SOMEBODY MOSTLY IT’S FINDING SOMEBODY
WHO WILL SUPPORT YOU BUT YOU WHO WILL SUPPORT YOU BUT YOU
MESH WELL WITH AND WHO WILL MESH WELL WITH AND WHO WILL
SUPPORT YOU IN WHAT YOU WANT. SUPPORT YOU IN WHAT YOU WANT.
THAT YOUR AGENDA IS A PRIORITY THAT YOUR AGENDA IS A PRIORITY
AND NOT SOMETHING INSIDE. AND NOT SOMETHING INSIDE.
>>Natalie: HOW CAN WE GET MORE>>Natalie: HOW CAN WE GET MORE
INFORMATION ON A DOULA AND ON INFORMATION ON A DOULA AND ON
YOUR SERVICES? YOUR SERVICES?
>>THE WEBSITE, THE WEBSITE IS>>THE WEBSITE, THE WEBSITE IS
THE BIRTH YEARS.com AND THERE THE BIRTH YEARS.com AND THERE
IS INFORMATION ON OTHER DOULA. IS INFORMATION ON OTHER DOULA.
MOST OF US HAVE SMALL WEBSITES MOST OF US HAVE SMALL WEBSITES
YOU KIND OF HAVE TO DIG IN YOU KIND OF HAVE TO DIG IN
LOOKING .

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