1. They can help you navigate the huge and sometimes confusing world of birth options.
The list of birthing options is huge and ever changing. If you're a busy person or lots of research really isn't your thing it's likely this part may be intimidating to you. No worries though. Your doula is kind of an expert. If you happen to get into an area where your doula is a little shaky they have ALL the resources to get you what you're looking for.
2. Your doula stays up-to-date on local resources and events.
They know about all the mom playdate groups and the support groups. They know when they're meeting and who to connect you with. They can point you in the direction of a birth photographer or a CPST. They know where you can rent a birthing tub and which medical supply store has the best selection of pumps.
3. Your doula has a thorough understanding of hospital and provider policies.
That means if something your birth plan doesn't jive with your provider or the place you've chosen to give birth your doula should catch it. From there they should be able to explain to you why that policy is in place, if they are flexible with it, and give you alternatives.
4. They aren't going to judge you.
Doulas have this way of just getting people. They are willing to put themselves in your shoes and understand where you're coming from. They adapt to and accept the uniqueness of each individual and their situation which means they work hard to support the choices you've made about what's best for yourfamily.
5. It's nice to have someone there who will go with the flow.
Let's be honest here, birth is unpredictable. Sometimes the best laid plans don't go how we envision them. Sometimes we change our minds once we're there and decide something else is better for us. That's OK. Since your doula is invested in YOU as a person, and not your birth outcome, they have an easy time changing directions to whatever you want.
6. Your doula is going to answer you.
Your doula is going to answer that call, that text, that email, or that Facebook message as soon as they can. You won't have to worry about being ignored or feeling like you're "bothering" someone because that's why your doula is there. Whether it's a random text with a question in the middle of the day or a 3 AM call because you think it's "go time" your doula will answer.
7. They can support and relieve your birth partner.
Sometimes birth partners don't always know what to do, and in the moment you'll probably be a little too busy to tell them. Your doula can provide gentle direction and show them how to best help you or understand what is going on. Having a doula also ensures that when your partner takes a bathroom break or makes a quick run to the cafeteria you won't be left alone.
8. You want more physical support.
Many laboring women find they need physical touch during labor. Your doula knows just where to touch and how hard. They understand how to utilize touch to relieve pain, to ground, and to comfort.
9. You want someone who is focused on your mental and emotional well being.
Your care provider's job is to focus on your physical health. Which is great. It's an important part of the process to make sure you and your baby come out of this with healthy bodies. Sometimes in the rush of the moment your mental and emotional health is pushed aside. These things are IMPORTANT. They can affect every facet of your birth. Your doula is there to focus on you, your mental and emotional health, and your bond with those there with you.
10. Your doula can help you process your birth afterwards.
This doesn't mean tell you how your birth happened, it means process. Your doula was there when it all happened. They can celebrate with you. They can talk about the things that are bothering you. They can let you know something silly your partner did that you didn't catch. Most of all, they can simply be there for you.
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