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How do I know if a midwife or OB is the best option?
I can help you navigate which care provider would be best suited to you based on your birth wishes. Your unique needs, and provide evidence-based research and personal anecdotes. Hiring me as early on in your pregnancy as possible is beneficial as I can provide ongoing, continuous support in making these types of decisions (and more) which will greatly impact your pregnancy and birth experience in a positive way.
What is a doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Doulas offer resources and education during prenatal and postpartum visits, provide emotional and physical support as comfort measures during birth, and advocate for you and your birth choices.
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
My job as a doula is to support the needs of the birther and the support partner. I am there to create a safe birthing environment so you can feel comfortable to let go and focus on allowing your body to do the work. A doula is best when offering supportive presence when it's needed, and also knowing when to give space and privacy. Whoever is attending the birth is strongly encouraged to attend the prenatal visits. This helps the bond of the birther and partner feel more connected and confident .
A doulas endeavour is to support in a way that strengthens your connection and bond, and not take away from the partners role.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
The actual definition of doula (see above) is quite vague. More specifically: doulas help track birth sensations (aka contractions) and help decide when to go to the hospital or call the midwife. They set up the birth pool, help you and your partner get comfortable so you can focus on birthing, keep you hydrated by ensuring you're drinking water often, wipe your brow with a cool cloth, take care of kids and make them feel safe, squeeze your hips and help make your partner feel confident and comfortable. Doulas also go over your birth plan with care providers and advocate for you. We offer words of encouragement and reassurance, use various tools and techniques to help manage sensations during birth, make sure everyone has some food and water post birth, tidy up the space post home birth, help support in the first feeds and so much more.
When should I hire a doula?
I always say: the earlier the better. As soon as you find out you are pregnant, hire a doula. They can assist in helping you finding the best care provider to suit your wants and needs, provide information and support early-on which contributes to the confidence in yourself to have the birth you want and envision. Having a doula early is also great as they can direct you to great resources in your community specifically for pregnant women and families. Hiring a doula as early as possible also encourages a strong connection between the doula and clients as they have been in close communication throughout the pregnancy.
Is birth photography right for me?
Many people are unsure if birth photography is for them because birth is such an intimate process. The thought of having another person observing and capturing us in our most vulnerable state can be intimidating and a little scary. I personally felt hesitant to hire a birth photographer, but did for our second and third birth and was SO happy I did. Not only were the photos captured amazing, I hardly even remember the photographer being there. As a result, we received the most beautiful, memorable photos that will be cherished for a lifetime. You only get to birth this baby once, and it is worth documenting. Most people choose to hire a birth photographer for their subsequent births because they wish they had images from the first time round. In my opinion, a great birth photographer is intentional and discreet. If you have any questions or concerns about birth photography, please get in touch. I'd love to chat with you about it!