|Well, I started my certification for becoming a Birth Doula. For those of you who don't know, a Birth Doula is a professional who provides physical (non-medical) and emotional support in childbirth. I am so very excited about this new journey in my life, and so happy that I'm finally getting started! |
Among all the studying and test taking, I also need to attend two births in order to complete my certification. I've already found one client, so, if you know any one who is pregnant or interested in using a Doula, please tell them about me. And don't forget to let them know that I'm offering my services for FREE to one more pregnant mama!
For anyone who may be considering having a Doula attend their birth, here is what some of my previous clients had to say about their experience with me:
(From the mother)
First off, I just want to say that there are several good reasons why I asked Sarah to help me with the labor of my first child. One, because she had a natural birth herself, with no pain medication, and I wanted someone who had had a natural child birth to be supportive of my own decision to have a natural birth. Two, because she had previous experience assisting her cousin during one of her natural child births. Three, because I know that Sarah is a very supportive, creative and assertive person who could help me accomplish my goal of having an all natural birth. Four, because she wants to become a certified doula, and I knew that this would help her with her goal to become one. Finally, because I just love Sarah and thought that it would be great to have her with me during this exciting, yet challenging life-experience.
Before I went into labor, Sarah and I worked on coping skills to deal with the contractions and gathered together TONS of information and tools to help with the pain and help me focus my mind on something other than the pain. When I actually went into labor, it was time to put the information to work. Sarah was AMAZING! She was emotionally, physically, and even spiritually supportive. She gave me immediate insights on how I might be able to improve the coping. She kept me motivated to keep moving through the contractions in order to progress. She read scripture and prayed for us. She catered to such needs as warming up heating bags and setting up my bath with candles and dim lighting, without me asking for anything. She was just on top of everything. My favorite thing that she did was take a long piece of cloth (a moby wrap) and wrap it around my waist and pull when I was having a contraction to counteract the pain. It was wonderful! My nurse was even impressed by this technique. She had never seen it done before, but even she could tell it was effective.
Overall, Sarah did an exceptional job as my doula. And although she wasn’t certified during my labor, she might as well have been. The nurse attending my labor even said that she has seen many professional doulas/birth assistants in her time, and none of them did as good a job as Sarah. I’m not saying all of this to put Sarah on a pedestal, but she did do a really great job. Anybody would be truly proud to have Sarah assist at their birth.
You can view this mama's blog and what she had to say about her Doula experience with me here.
(From the father)
Having Sarah as our acting doula was one of the best decisions we made before my wife gave birth to our son. Sarah’s encouragement extended from months before our son was born through after the delivery.
Months leading up to the delivery, Sarah stayed in contact with us to find out things we might want to happen during the laboring process. During this time, Sarah did extensive research for ideas that would help us during our time during the laboring process. My wife and I even met with Sarah (who lives about 2 hours away) so we could go over a birthing plan in person. Sarah not only listened to my wife for how she wanted things to happen, but Sarah also asked me what I wanted, and she not only listened to me, but also tried her best to incorporate my wishes.
During the laboring process I realized how important a role Sarah played. It was very helpful for me to stay with my wife and not have to “get things” during transitional times. Sarah was always there to make sure we had everything we wanted/needed. One of the things I did not think about before my wife went into labor was having mints. Sarah brought several bags of mints, and my breath stayed fresh for my wife as I helped her with breathing exercises.
After our son was born, Sarah suggested to others that my wife, son, and I might want time to ourselves to continue the bonding experience. This was extremely important because it showed that even though Sarah was excited with us, she was also thinking about our time as a family. Upon Sarah’s return, my family got the chance to visit with her and thank her for all the help she gave. I cannot finish without saying that my family heard from several staff members that they were extremely impressed with Sarah, and Sarah went above and beyond the work staff members have seen from professional doulas. Sarah is amazing and we were blessed to have her help with and experience the birth of our son.
What is a Doula?
A doula supports a woman and her partner during pregnancy, birth, and the early weeks of parenting, with reassurance, practical assistance, and information.