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I'm really nervous to have a natural birth. Can I still have an epidural?
Overall, women who receive continuous support are less likely to need any pain meds, epidurals, vacuum or forceps being used. Labors with a doula involved are shorter by 40 minutes overall and babies show higher Apgar scores!
In general, doulas encourage natural births over medicated ones. However, I am in full support of mothers knowing thier own abilities and rediscovering thier strenghts as laboring women.
74% of women who attempt a VBAC (Vaginal birth after cesarean) will be succesful. Unfourtantely, most women are not supported by their care providers to even try. Ask your hospital staff if they support VBACs. The maternal death rate is up to three times higher for repeat C-sections than VBACs.
My background & Experience
I do have experience giving assistance at friends births at home and at the hospital, which called me to become a birth doula. Personally, I have have had some losses which called me to become a bereavement doula and expand my service to families in need. I also am begining to offer PostPartum services, starting in Feb. 2019!
I have four children of my own (two boys and two girls) ages 15,14, 11 and 6. The two older were born at the hospital and the two younger were born at home. I always used a wonderful midwife, but still always wished I had hired a doula for myself.
I would be honored if you choose me to be your personal doula, but I encourage my clients to look at two or three options and choose the best doula for them!
No matter what you choose to do, I will be respectful and courteous.
We will schedule a prenatal conference with you and your partner. We will discuss and set up your birthing plan together.
Doulas do not take breaks!
Sometimes your partner will need to sleep, or take a break, I will stay by your side through the transitions.
I will meet you again at your home for a postpartum meeting to discuss what went well for you and how I can help with some next steps in breast feeding, and help create a plan for the next several weeks.
that having a doula can SAVE you money?
The quality and care that doulas provide families go beyond comforting techniques.
Having a doula can cut labor by 40 minutes or more.
I can help decrease the need of medical intervention by helping you navigate your options in a caring and compassionate way.
Mothers find fewer complications (including c-sections), greater success with breast feeding, and lower incidence of postpartum depression.
Some insurance companies even comply and will cover some of the cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What training have you had?
I have taken birth education and breast feeding classes through DONA (Doulas of North America). I am a graduate of Stillbirthday University where I recieved my Birth and Bereavement certification. I'm the Patient Advocate Coordinator and Director of Birth Support at ThriVe Women's Health of Central Virginia (FKA The Pregnancy Centers.) Currently, I am a student at Birth Arts International as a Postpartum Doula. In the past, I have attended several births at homes and at hospitals as a doula and midwife's assistant. I also help facilitate the "Out of the Blues" Postpartum Support Virginia group at Sentera Martha Jefferson.
What is your philosophy about birth about supporting women and their partners through labor?
I believe that women are strong and capable of having children with the loving support of having the right people around her. Although, statistically women who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, I will never doubt your own intuition on what you believe your body can and can not do. I always give you informed, well thought through questions for you to ask your health care provider. I will NOT judge or stop you from receiving an epidural or any medical decisions your health care provider makes for the health of you and your baby.
When do you try to join women in labor? Do you meet us at home or meet us at the hospital?
Feel free to text and then call the moment you feel labor has started. Leave a message if need be. I will need to know how mom is feeling, if there has been evidence showing labor, and how strong and close contractions are.