A couple things we don’t do:
- We’re not medical professionals. This means we’re not going to do cervical checks, take your blood pressure, prescribe medications or anything that falls in the realm of your care provider. We can educate you about what normal labor and postpartum looks like, and what types of medical options might be offered to you in the course of your journey, but those decisions are yours to make with your care provider.
- We’re not going to speak for you. While we want you to remain as focused on your birth experience as possible, and will make sure you have education about what informed consent means before labor begins, the ultimate decision of what is or is not done in the course of your labor and postpartum is yours. We are happy to help you navigate the options but we won’t make the decisions for you or tell a doctor or nurse what to do.
The best doulas, in my opinion, see themselves as a part of the birth care team. That team is made up of you and your partner (and other support people you may choose), your care providers, and us. We all have the same goal- to work together in harmony to create a fulfilling, memorable, beautiful birth experience and smooth transition to postpartum life. Many doulas, like myself, have additional training and certifications in breastfeeding (if that’s something you are choosing) so that we can help you navigate that potential source of stress in the early days and weeks.
We want you to focus on the thing only you can do- birth and grow your baby- and it’s our job to make you feel feel safe, supported and free to focus on doing exactly that.