I’m a postpartum doula and my expertise is in caring for new moms and their families. But you can’t be a doula (even a postpartum doula) for long and not pick up tips that you want to share with every expecting woman!
The 5 tips I share are…
- 1. Choose a Provider who has attended many births like the one you hope to experience. Learn more about choosing a provider from this podcast I did with Dr. Joshua Johannson on CAPPA Radio.
- 2. Take a Childbirth Class and Breastfeeding Class. Bonus points if you seek out a private childbirth educator in your area!
- 3. Interview and Hire a Labor Doula and Postpartum Doula. Learn more about the research that supports powerful benefits of hiring a doula. For instance, “A meta-analysis of 11 clinical trials showed that having a labor doula present continuously throughout labor significantly shortened labor, and decreased the need for analgesia, Pitocin, cesarean sections, and forceps. (Scott, Berkowitz, Klaus, 2000),” I found this quote in the Labor Doula Position Paper on www.cappa.net.
- 4. Understand “Informed Consent.” The definition is “Consent by a patient to a surgical or medical procedure or participation in a clinical study after achieving an understanding of the relevant medical facts and the risks involved.” according to The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- 5. Start bonding with your baby during pregnany. Take a minute, a few times a day to send love, happy thoughts, share you wishes, and your dream for your growing baby. These thoughts become hormones like oxytocin and in turn your baby is literally immersed in your love. Learn more about prenatal bonding by reading one of my favorite books, The Attachment Pregnancy by Tracy Wilson Peters, and Laurel Wilson.
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