Sometimes families don't really know what Doulas do. Let's discuss.
Here are the TRUTHS & FICTIONS:
1. The doula replaces dad during the birth. FICTION
Doulas support both the mom and the dad. They work together, they are able to give dad a break, when needed. Sometimes even if needed they wait outside the room to give parents some space during birth. They are there to help, not be in the way.
2. They cost too much and are not worth it. FICTION
Newly trained Doulas usually will accept births for a very low cost or no cost at all if they are working towards certification (trust me I was one of them). We are not paid hourly. The amount we charge sometimes if divided by how many hours we work will be below minimum wage. So trust me, we are there usually because we love what we do and we want to help you. In some states like Oregon, Doulas are actually reimbursed by insurance. Check your state and coverage to see if that applies to you.
3. I just want an epidural, I won't need a doula. FICTION
There is a time when you can actually get an epidural. It depends how dilated you are. In addition, there is usually a wait time from the moment you request to receive an epidural to when the anesthesiologist will actually administer one. Sometimes it can be an hour or two. In the meantime, Doulas can help ease the pain. When you do get the epidural, Doulas can still emotionally help walk you through birth.
4. Doulas can help ease pain and anxiety. TRUTH
Yes! Yes! And YES! Doulas use soft tissue, essential oils, and many other tools to help ease your pain. Even talking to a person who has been through the process can help ease the anxiety. Knowing that you can talk to someone judgement free can ease your worries.
5. Doulas can help with beginning breastfeeding. TRUTH
Most Doulas stay until the end of birth and may help initiate breastfeeding. They can help the mom with any initial questions before she is transferred into the postpartum ward.
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Mothers, Fathers, & Birth Professionals