What Is A Doula?
The Greek word doula means woman caregiver. We now use the word to describe a trained and experienced non-medical and non-judgemental birth proffesional. A doula provides emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information throughout the perinatal period (pregnancy through postpartum).
What are the benefits of hiring a doula?
"Published data indicates that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula." (ACOG) and (SMFM)
Statictics show that a woman who had continuous support from a person such as a doula are:
* 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
* 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
* 9% less likely to use any pain medication
* 34% less like to rate their childbirth experience negatively
"There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that quality support can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to the family. By educating, attending to the needs of the parents, infant and children and by offering quality referral information, the postpartum doula can ease and enhance the postpartum experience. Every family can benefit from the support and encouragement offered by a doula." DONA International
Does a doula replace my partner?
Absolutely not. No one can replace your partner.
A doula can...
* Assist the woman and her partner to carry out their plans for the birth
* Bring the couple closer together by making sure that the partner's needs are met (emotionally, nutritionally and physical by allowing time for breaks)
* Reassure the partner to participate at his own comfort level
* Helps the partner stay calm, feel safe and understand the process of labor, birth and motherhood
Where do you prefer to support women?
I'd be happy to support you in any setting. As January Harshe states, "I do not care what kind of birth you have... a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected."
What Is A Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula is a trained parenting, newborn, and postnatal support professional. A postpartum doula provides education and support to the entire family during the newborn period. She has a wealth of experience regarding postpartum adjustment, including normal newborn behavior, infant sleep, postnatal recovery, and breastfeeding. I will provide you with non-medical, evidenced-based information, so you can feel confident in making best decisions for your family.
What Is The Difference Between A Postpartum Doula, A Baby Nurse, And A Night Nurse?
A baby nurse is an older term to describe a professional dedicated to caring for a newborn baby. A night nurse is another antiquated term, referring to a dedicated infant support professional that cares for a newborn through the overnight hours. A postpartum doula is the preferred, modern term for these services. I can provide family-centered support during your transition to parenthood, as well as providing more focused infant care.
What Experiences Are Mothers Reporting With Placenta Encapsulation?
In a study, published in 2013, by two University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) researchers, 189 women were surveyed about their personal experiences and motivations regarding placenta consumption. The majority of survey respondents were from the United States, white non-hispanic, married, college-educated, and middle-class. Most of the women in the survey engaged in placentophagy one time. The participants chose the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) preparation, which involves steaming and dehydrating the placenta. Over 96% of survey participants reported a positive or very positive experience, with 98% of participants saying they would consume their placenta again. The top reported positive effects of placenta consumption included: improved mood, increased energy, and enhanced lactation. The top reported negative effects were all mild and included unpleasant burping and unappealing taste or smell.
This survey is just the first published results in larger and ongoing studies by the UNLV Placentophagy Research Team.
What method do you use to encapsulate placenta?
I use Traditional Chinese Medicine method to prepare your placenta.
It was find that placenta, when prepared according to TCM principles, does indeed give women an increase in energy, and significantly increases their milk production as well.
The cooking is a part of what makes the placenta the most powerful tonifying medicine in the TCM arsenal.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, warming foods are most beneficial to the postpartum mother. Cooked or steamed foods (prepared and/or encapsulated placenta) are used to help rebuild blood, qi (or chi), and slowly increase the body's endocrine functions. Encapsulating the prepared placenta allows for longer term of ingestion, possibly providing a longer time of benefits.
Interesting Research Articles on Placentophagy:
For more information, studies, and research regarding placentophagy please see the following links:
- The Mysterious Tree of a Newborn’s Life (New York TIMES);
- Placenta Encapsulation -Why Placenta Pills Are Booming;
- Placenta Encapsulation: Mother Nature’s Gift for Postpartum Wellness;
- Placenta for Healing.
- Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption;
- Baby blues - postpartum depression attributed to low levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone after placenta is gone;
- Maternal Iron Deficiency Anemia Affects Postpartum Emotions and Cognition;
- Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption.
Can I do inversions while pregnant?
Many woman who have regularly included inversions in their own practice before becoming pregnant wish to continue doing interventions while pregnant. You should listen to body. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. It is not recommended that women who have high blood pressure, an excessive amount of amniotic fluid, or heartburn, do invertions while pregnant. Inversions should only be held for 30-60 seconds.
Why can’t I lay flat on my back while pregnant?
After about 4 or 5 months of pregnancy, you should not lie on your back for more than a minute at a time. When you lay on your back the heaviness of the uterus can compress one of the major blood vessel (called Vena Cava) thereby diminishing the blood supply to your heart and to the baby. The result of prolonged laying on your back may be dizziness and lightheadedness as well as decreased blood flow to baby.
Can I use yoga to help turn a breech baby?
Yes, absolutely. One of the most effective ways to turn breech babies after 36 weeks is to use yoga positions. In my classes I use Gale Tally’s method “Spinning babies”.