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.
This service is a special type of birth coaching / doula. For StillBirthDay I have been trained to help women who birth their baby at any trimester with any outcome. This includes women who choose to terminate their pregnancy and would like to have a birth coach / doula support them.
- is it for me?
- what is the goal?
- how will i benefit?
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.
Depending on the outcome, I will spend time with you to help you begin the breastfeeding process and encourage bonding between the baby and other family members as I have learned how important that is, irrelevant of the outcome. Alternatively I will coach you through the process of milk coming in in whichever way you like. You can for example choose to donate your milk in honour of your baby. We discuss all these details when we talk about the birth plan.
I have learned that creating memories and mementos is extremely important. A friend of mine, Helen Hannah, has actually been helping parents create mementos for many years now. Her website is in the link list for which you can find the link below.
There are many more ways of creating mementos. My training has taught me many of thoseIn the link list I have also put the link to a charity that does photography.
Your benefit is that you will likely have fewer medical interventions as I know a large amount of natural ways to help the birth process progress naturally. This is healthier for you and your baby. Other than for a full-term live birth I have been trained to help parents who go through birth of any outcome in any trimester. Under those circumstances, having fewer medical intervention is also healthier for you and also for a potential premature baby.