When you go into Labour

When you go into Labour

When you get your first signs of labour or feel there has been a change of any kind it is important to call your doula as a pre notification.

Your doula can clarify what is happening for you so you can continue as you are, or she will come and support you. There are times when your doula will be able to check in on you during early or pre labour, as it is known, and then go again and return when you need her next.

Once you feel the need for extra support to meet any new challenges your doula remains with you and your partner.

Your doula will labour with you at home as long as you feel comfortable, stay with you there if you are having a homebirth or move to the hospital with you if that is where you have  chosen to have your baby.

You doula remains with you until you have feed your baby and are comfortable or until you don’t need her any more.

 

Preparing for Birth

Preparing for Birth

We believe that it is very important to prepare for the arrival of your baby. Whether it is your first or fourth……..All pregnancies and births are different.

At the ADC we offer childbirth and early parenting classes and workshops to assist with the preparation for birth and the transition into parenthood. We can also present the same information in sessions either in your home or here at the centre and we can tailor make them to suit your needs and requirements.

We can also work with siblings of all ages to include them in the process and journey. We provide you the information and support you need, to help prepare them for the arrival of the new family addition.

Of course we also encourage the support of a doula and it is usual practice for our doulas to meet with you at least twice before the birth.

It is during these pre birth meetings that your doula will get to know you and your partner. She will get to know your wishes and birth preferences and will get a clear understanding of your needs and assist in helping you with your options and support you in devising a birth plan or preference list.

We also have a range of practitioners who can assist you to physically prepare for the labour and birth through massage, herbs, nutritional information, acupuncture and aromatherapy for example.

When the time comes for you to have your baby we want you to feel supported in your decisions and have confidence in your abilities.

 

Benefits of Having a Trained Birth and Post Natal Doula

Benefits of Having a Trained Birth and Post Natal Doula

A doulas primary and unique role is to encourage the birthing woman’s self confidence.  Whilst every member of the birthing team play an integral role in assisting the woman to birth her baby, the doula is there to be the mother’s constant companion and is comfortable and confident with the birthing process which is not only valuable for the birthing woman, it is very beneficial for the woman’s partner or even her chosen friend or relative who may also be present.

A doula can help a mother find positions that are most comfortable and effective, protect her privacy and create an atmosphere to prevent distractions, pressure or fears during the process and natural rhythm of each woman’s own labour experience.

According to research undertaken in the US, Klaus, Kennel and Klaus, authors of Mothering the Mother, “How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth” have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:

  • 50% reduction in caesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
  • Greater maternal satisfaction
  • Better mother-infant interaction

By hiring a doula a mother ensures:

  • She has a skilled set of hands ‘holding the space for her at home and/or in hospital’
  • She is surrounded by nurturing and caring energy
  • She has a reduced risk of unnecessary interventions

In the words from the video, Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices, by Suzanne Arms, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”