1. Difference Doula versus Midwife The Doula provides physical, emotional support. Helps you to be a better advocate for yourself and provides you from evidence based information. She doesn't do any medical examination A doula is a non-medical assistant in prenatal care, childbirth and during the postpartum period. The word doula is Greek and refers to a woman who personally serves another woman. The midwife checks on you on a regular base (measuring the baby, blood pressure)and she delivers your baby.
2. 10 Benefits of a Doula:
less likely to need Pitocin
less likely to have a cesarean birth
less likely to use any pain medication
more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
Always someone with the mom in the room
Partner can relax
Someone to share your worries with
Helps you to be a better advocate for yourself
Someone around with experience about the birth process. What is normal, what is not normal.
Helps you with initial breastfeeding
3. Will insurance cover a Doula? For now Doulas are considered out of network with a majority of insurance providers. However, we strongly encourage you to submit your receipts for this out of pocket investment to your provider, as we’ve had a lot of success with partial or full reimbursement from many insurance companies. We are also open for a payment plan.
4. What to bring to the hospital:
Snacks & Gatorade
5. What are the advantages of baby wearing? Baby wearing are for example: the cotton wraps, ergo baby, baby bjorn, baby K'tan, Moby ring sling, Boba wrap
Promotes secure mother baby attachment
Baby cries less
Aids baby's healthy psychical development
Makes mother more responsive to baby
Reduces reflux symptoms
Helps depressed mothers to nurture their babies
Improves breastfeeding rates
Soothes baby when distressed
Encourages wellbeing and relaxation in both mother & baby
Baby spits-up less
Lowers risk of otitis media
Improves baby's digestion
Eases transition in to world by mimicking womb
Baby less fussy
Meets newborn's needs to be close to mother
Humans are biologically adapted to carry their infants
Touch & motion physiologically calm baby
May lessen postpartum depression
Reduces risk of flat head
Uses less energy than in-arm carrying
Synchronizes mother & baby biologically
Supports physical growth in preterm infants
May increase mothers' resilience and parental confidence
6. When do you need to go to the hospital sooner than the "511"
If you vomit with contractions
If you feel rectal pressure
If you are unable to talk or walk through contractions
If you think that your "water" has broken
If you have vaginal bleeding
If you are tested strep B positive
If you live far from the hospital
If you progress quickly
7. How do you know if a baby latch on well:
The following are signs that the baby is sucking properly at the breast.
Upon initial latch baby will begin to suck quickly
These quick sucks will trigger mothers letdown reflex.
Baby’s sucking will become longer and a suck-suck-pause pattern should develop as the milk lets down.
Baby’s ear and temple will wiggle with each suck.
Mother should feel a gentle tugging, but no pain.
Baby’s lips should be flanged and tongue should cup the breast.