If you’re like most women these days, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make about your upcoming birth. From picking the right hospital to choosing your care team, it’s a lot to think about! I know it can be overwhelming, but I think you should definitely add a Southern Utah doula to your birth team! Doulas do more than just physical support—they also provide peace of mind and help you have the best experience possible and feel empowered in your labor. Here are a few reasons why many new moms choose to hire doulas:
Labor is a monumental task that can seem overwhelming. Having a doula to guide you can not only lessen the intensity of what is to come, but can also provide a peace of mind. Your doula can guide you to all the right resources and education so that you feel prepared going into your birth space.
Having a doula lowers your chances of medical intervention. According to Evidence Based Birth: “Overall, people who received continuous doula 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.”
Doulas are trained in birth and can help you avoid interventions that may be unnecessary. They can also help with your birth plan. When you plan out the possible scenarios, it helps medical staff know exactly what you want in the moment.
If you’re planning to hire a doula, your partner may want to find out more about the role of a doula and what it can offer them. Your doula will help him know that he can play an active role in your labor.
A doula is trained to support the birthing person in whatever way they need. Doulas often provide physical comfort such as massage, help with relaxation techniques and breathing exercises, or just offering friendly conversation. They also offer emotional support and guidance through contractions. Many women choose to hire a doula because they feel more confident having someone who has experience with birth. Others simply want education and guidance through the birth process.
When you’re laboring, your body is undergoing many changes. It’s normal to feel out of control and overwhelmed by these changes. A doula can help you feel empowered again by helping you make informed decisions that are right for your family and giving you the support and respect that you deserve during this time.
Your doula can help empower you through:
The birth of your baby is a time to celebrate, but it can also be overwhelming. You are likely facing physical and hormonal changes that affect every aspect of your life during pregnancy. Then, there’s the actual birth itself—an experience that you may have heard people talk about as painful or uncomfortable.
If you are feeling nervous, don’t worry; most women feel this way before labor starts! A doula’s role is to provide support and education throughout pregnancy, labor and after the birth of your child.
A doula can help you feel more in control of the birthing process by providing information about how best to manage labor pain and discomfort using different techniques (from relaxation methods to breathing exercises), ways to stay focused on what matters most for you during this special time (your partner/support team), resources if an emergency arises during delivery such as access to medical care providers who understand natural childbirth options like home birth midwives or waterbirth midwives) – all while making sure that you have a positive environment where YOU feel comfortable giving birth!
There are also a lot of myths and misperceptions out there about doulas. For example, some people incorrectly assume they will interfere with the doctor’s job when they really just want to empower moms-to-be who are ready to take control of their birthing experience.
If you decide you do want to hire one, do your research first by asking friends or family members who have used them before what their experiences were like. We have amazing resources available at The Birth Village of all the Southern Utah doula who serve our area! Above all else, don’t be afraid to ask questions when choosing someone who can help make your pregnancy journey more enjoyable!
SERVING THE SOUTHERN UTAH AREA
ST. GEORGE - HURRICANE
CEDAR CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS
SPECIALIZING IN BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY, AS WELL AS MATERNITY, NEWBORN, AND FRESH 48 PHOTOGRAPHY
[…] out my other St George Birth Photographer blog post 4 reasons why you should hire a doula to read why I LOVE doulas and you should add one to your birth […]