"Labor is 50% mental,50% physical. Natural birth is achieved by facing your inner demons during labor,and waving them goodbye as you push"-me
"As you go through labor,you experience every emotion known to man:excitement,anger,confusion,joy,and love. Contractions are strong,women are stronger. As you go through childbirth look deep within yourself,and find the lioness in you.And then roar!"-me
Fact: Hospitals are privately owned businesses. Most hospital policies are put into place to protect the hospital from lawsuits,or make your stay more convenient for them.
Doulas attend home births and hospital births
* medicated births and unmedicated births
*with women whose care is being overseen by doctors or midwives.
*Doulas may be the only support person for the mother, or may be part of a labor support team including mom’s partner, friend(s), and/or family members.
*Doulas specialize in non-medical skills, and do not perform clinical tasks, or diagnose medical conditions.
*They do not make decisions for their clients.
*Their goal is to provide the support and information needed to help the birthing mother have a safe and satisfying birth as the mother defines it.
MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Although most women (and indeed partners) do want the partners to be at a birth, sometimes a woman with first hand experience can guide both in a way that makes the woman feel more at ease and supported. Occasionally partners do not understand how, where, why and when to touch or speak and so a Doula may guide him, so that he can be of a better support to his partner. Some men also feel out of place or uncomfortable in the labor room and so a Doula would offer them reassurance of the normal birth processes. Nurses are often very busy due to staff shortages and may have several laboring women to look after. She may not have the time to explain what is going on and it is unlikely that she will be there through the whole labor. A Doula’s role is to explain what medical terms and procedures mean and to be a constant, familiar face. Doula’s will do as little or as much as you require, whether you want an extra hand to hold between contractions, get hubby a cup of tea or just sit quietly in the corner. Most importantly, to talk through any fears or just to have someone to listen to you, in the weeks before and after labor
No! A labour doula can actually help facilitate a father's involvement in this special time. With doula support, fathers tend to stay more involved with their partner rather than pull away in times of stress. At times, a father may not understand a woman's instinctive behavior during childbirth and may react anxiously to what a doula knows to be the normal process of birth. The doula can skillfully help the mother to cope with labor pain in her unique way, while taking some of the pressure off of the partner to do the "right" thing. The father's presence and loving support in childbirth is comforting and irreplaceable. The love he shares with the mother and his child and his need to nurture and protect his family are things that only he can provide as an emotional anchor and support.