Discover your own birthing philosophies while creating a birth plan. This flexible document is intended for you and your care provider to discuss. It is also meant to be shared with your birth team so everyone is abreast to your desires. Utilize your doula. She is trained and equipped to provide you with education and evidence-based resources. These may assist you in making key decisions. Your doula will support you with any choice you make.
Learning comfort measures and coping techniques will reinforce your ability to accept challenges in your life. These skills may be utilized in labor, birth or even far into your future. Consider these methods lifetime skills that you yourself will teach to your own family. Focused breathing, soothing touch, and the application of counter pressure are just a few avenues of comfort you will master.
Once your labor begins, you notify your doula so that she is prepared to assist you when you require her unlimited support. Your doula will arrive within two hours of your request and she will meet with you in your home or at your birthing location depending on your needs. She will remain by your side throughout your labor and up to a few hours postpartum to ensure your comfort and to assist in breastfeeding, if you so desire.
Within one to two weeks of the birth, your doula will arrive for a postnatal appointment. Here, you get the opportunity to bask in your new role in parenthood. She will help with light housework and provide you with newborn care techniques. Your doula is trained to recognize behavior that is beyond normal and she may supply you with professional resources. Your doula will listen; to your ideas, fears, concerns and joys. She will provide a non-judgmental ear so you can be comfortable being yourself.