In many countries abroad giving birth is very different from the healthcare system in the US, as I have experienced. With my births In the Netherlands, midwives provided care, while obstetricians usually give care in the US.
In the Netherlands, midwives care for and support pregnant women during pregnancy, labor, and after giving birth. They are highly trained healthcare professionals who specialize in normal, low-risk pregnancies and childbirth.
In contrast, the US healthcare system leans more towards obstetrician-led care. Obstetricians are medical doctors who specialize in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. Obstetrician-led care in the US places a greater emphasis on medical interventions and technology. This approach is particularly evident in the high rates of medical interventions during childbirth, such as inductions, epidurals, and cesarean sections.
In the Netherlands, new mothers receive home support for five days after giving birth as part of healthcare. In the US, parents need to organize this themselves. The differences in giving birth abroad and in one's home country do not indicate that one is better than the other. However, expats need to make more preparations when giving birth abroad due to the unfamiliar health system.
Like in this example, the health care system in many other countries will also differ from that in the US. As an expat that can be challenging.
That's where the benefits of having a doula at your birth come in. Doulas are trained professionals who offer emotional and physical support to families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Here are some reasons why a doula can be beneficial for expats:
In conclusion, the presence of a doula can greatly enhance the birthing experience for expatriates in the US. They have expertise in healthcare. They also have cultural understanding. They provide emotional and physical support. They use effective care methods.
All of these contribute to a positive and empowering birth experience. With a doula, expats feel more confident and supported during this important life event.
After a career as ICU nurse and medical sales representative I followed my passion and became in 2018 a certified birth and postpartum Doula.
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