What is Birth Coaching / What does a Doula?
A birth coach / doula is a trained labor coach / doula who assists you during labour and birth. A birth coach / doula provides you with continuous emotional and physical support, as well as assistance with other non-medical aspects of your care. A birth coach / doula can be hired to attend hospital births as well as home births.A birth coach / doula usually has done an extensive education on how labour, birth, and breastfeeding works. Therefore a birth coach / doula quite well educated and well versed in all the options. This means that a birth coach / doula is an expert in the field, but despite that you, as a mother, still make the decisions. The birth coach / doula supports you and informs you on your options.
This service is for anyone who will have a birth of any outcome in any trimester.
Ideally our relationship would start before your baby is born. During this time we can develop a trusting relationship so that you feel comfortable asking me all kinds of questions about your pregnancy and birth.
One of the goals is also that you will make your own unique birth plan. I will coach you through finding out what you want and how you want it, so that you can put that all in writing.
Another goal is to help you experience a positive and safe birth. My aim is to help you learn about a variety of birth options and help you work through your potential fears.
After your birth, I will spend time with you to help you begin the breastfeeding process and encourage bonding between you and your baby. I will also encourage bonding between your partner and your baby. Furthermore I will help your partner where necessary with caring for you and your baby. It is important to have your partner involved as much as possible.
Your benefit is that you will likely have fewer medical intervention as I know a large amount of natural ways to help the birth process progress naturally. This is healthier for you and your baby.