WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A DOULA?
I would recommend hiring a doula sometime during the 2nd trimester, that way, we can maximize the amount of time we are working together, and I will be able to establish a better connection with you and your partner. It can also helpful if you have had the opportunity to take a childbirth education class before working with me. This can make our prenatal visits together more directed.
CAN A DOULA SUPPORT ME IF I HAVE A CESAREAN BIRTH?
Absolutely! Whether your Cesarean birth is scheduled, or unplanned, I will be there to support you. I will continue to advocate with you and facilitate communication between you and your care provider as new questions arise. Depending on how many support persons are allowed in the OR, I may or may not stay by your side during the operation, but I will be there afterwards to continue my support post-delivery. Once you are home, having a postpartum doula can be incredibly helpful and supportive after a Cesarean birth, as there can be reduced mobility and a longer physical recovery than with a vaginal birth.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND MY BIRTH?
I will make every effort possible to attend your birth! Of course, there is always the very small possibility that an emergency might arise. Good news! I always line-up a back up doula for my births, that you will have the opportunity to meet before
Reasons I might miss some or all of your birth and my back-up doula would step-in:
- I have an overlapping birth occurring at the same time
- I have supported you for more than 24 hours, and am no longer able to perform my role to my fullest capacity
WHEN DO YOU SCHEDULE YOUR PRENATAL VISITS?
After you have hired me as a doula, I would set up time to meet with you for prenatal visits. I like to see my clients around the end of the 2nd trimester and then again in the 3rd trimester.