Having a baby is one of the most beautiful experiences in your life: from the excitement of telling everyone you are pregnant to the magic moment that baby is born. It can also be the most stressful time as everything is changing with your body and you are about to start a new chapter in your life! You may be thinking, “What is a doula?” or “How do I pick a doula?" Remember that a doula is a professional trained in childbirth, providing emotional physical support to mother and baby.
Good News! That is why I started The Birth Chick Doula Services. When looking for a doula in Palm Beach or Broward, I am here to help you. My goal is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. My success is for you to say "having my doula transformed my birth experience" Are you considering whether or not to use doula services in Palm Beach or Broward County? Check out my top 5 reasons to hire a doula and see if its right for you.
DOULA'S HELP EDUCATE YOU
One of most important areas in life is birth education
for before, during and after labor. Doulas are your personal trainer for one of the most important events in your life. Doulas can walk you through what to expect during each phase, the pros and cons of the decisions that you will have to make and educate you to ask your medical team the right questions to get the outcome you desire.
DOULA'S OFFER CONTINUOUS SUPPORT
I am your support champion throughout your labor. While the medical professionals will be in and out of your delivery room or the midwifes doing what they do best, I will be by your side the entire time. I am there to make sure you and your baby are totally supported emotionally and physically. I will remind you of the laboring techniques we practiced. I will help your partner provide different comforting positions to ensure they are active participants if they choose to be. All so you can achieve your best birth experience.
DOULA'S ARE TRAINED ON HOW TO REDUCE PAIN AND ANXIETY
I am trained to provide comfort with pain relief techniques including breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage and laboring positions. Doulas use soothing touch and deep massage to make sure the laboring mother is as comfortable as possible. This might include the use of movement and different laboring positioning. These movements help to open up the pelvic naturally and encourage dilation. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance and pointers before and during labor.
DOULAS PROVIDE A BIRTH PLAN
Just like any sports team getting ready for the game writes up a game plan, so do we! This plan is important to have completed and agreed on before any contraction starts. This plan is YOUR plan for YOUR birth. Do you want dim lights, your favorite music playing, birth photography during your birth? Who do you want in the room with you? Do you want any medical interventions? After birth, do you want skin to skin with baby? I will champion this plan throughout your birth ensuring everyone is aware of the plan.
DOULAS PROVIDE POST BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM SUPPORT
All doulas are required to take the basics of breast feeding course, and some are even certified lactation counselor as well. As soon as baby is here, I will help guide you on how to get baby to get a good latch. This is not as simple as it seems, both mother and baby need to practice which can get frustrating for both! If you hire me for postpartum, I can offer even more feeding support in your home and provide a complete suite of support services to make sure you and baby are acclimating to the new normal!