Questions about hiring a Doula?
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“There is no such thing as a stupid question!” You’ve heard it your whole life. And it’s true, especially when you’re learning about something new or are in uncharted waters. Here are a few questions we find most families ask upon their adventure into working with Taylor Made Doulas. If you have more, ask! After all, that’s how these got here.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
This honestly is the most common question that is asked. If I answer this question with a formal definition it would be that in Greek the word doula means a women’s servant. Someone who provides emotional physical and education support to a family during the pregnancy and postpartum period.
But really, what does that mean? How does that tangible translate into something you can relate to?
Imagine this, walking through your pregnancy with someone who has every resource, non-medical answer on speed dial. Someone who encourages you when you didn’t even know that’s what you needed, someone who says nothing and just listens without you even asking. Imagine a face-to-face private education class that supports your decisions, your wishes for birth. Custom answers for your situation. Someone your partner can look to for resource, that person that helps them navigates this transition and allows him the access and space to know how important he is to this process. They walk away knowing they were everything you needed because they too had support.
A labor support person who can coach you in breathing, help you find positions for comfort, feed you and your partner. Help you navigate and facility conversation between you and your medical provider team. A consistent face through shift changes and a constant voice as labor progresses.
DOES THE DOULA REPLACE THE PARTNER?
One of the most amazing things that I have seen in birth is the potential for the preparation and laboring process to build such a solid foundation for the postpartum recovery and parenting journey. A doula supports the partner just as much as the laboring women. We don’t replace, we enhance.
IS A DOULA A MIDWIFE?
No. A doula is a non-medical professional. We provide support that aids in a healthy bond. A midwife provides the same care that an OBGYN would provide. Midwives and doctors alike support a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery.
HOW DO DOULAS WORK WITH DOCTORS AND HOSPTIAL STAFF?
Taylor Made Doulas prides itself on the bridges we have built with our local hospitals and medical providers. Our clients can rest assured and know that when a TMD doula walks into a hospital, the staff, nurses and doctors will know they are working with respectful, knowledgeable and compassionate doulas.
DO DOULAS HELP WITH LEARNING HOW TO BREASTFEED?
In short, yes. Doulas have basic breastfeeding education and experience to help with building a foundation of your breastfeeding relationship, helping fine tune latches, answer questions on what’s normal and abnormal and so much more. In the event that the doula feels the feeding mother may need some additional stupor outside of our scope as doulas, we have referrals and will help you get in contact with an IBCLC.
Not only are we trained on breastfeeding but also doulas are knowledgeable and experienced in everything bottle-feeding. Whether formula or exclusively pumping we can answer your questions and help you get confident and settled into your feeding choices.