Birth Story: Doula
Get a doula!
For those unsure of what a doula is...A doula is a trained birth support person who provides continuous physical, emotional + informational support to a mother before, during + shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. (Definition from DONA.org)
My doula @chelsea.strapp of @origin.birth was with me as soon as I wanted her available when labor started until around an hour after birth. .
One of the most significant changes I can recall during labor was when my contractions were becoming so intense that I couldn’t help but release my pain with powerful breathing noises. She calmly taught me how to change my breath to a low groan and during the next contraction, my pain significantly decreased!
A few coping measures Chelsea also helped with: counter pressure against my hips, warm water on my back, taught nick how to comfort me, handed Nick water for me between contractions, held my leg in place to open my hips with a peanut ball, comforted and explained to Nick any medical interventions (in moments the nurses had to act quick instead of take the time to make sure we understood what they were doing) after birth assisted us with the breast crawl, & heaps more.
This was just at the hospital.. Before birth, she was periodically checking on me not only to see how I was feeling physically but emotionally as well. Toward the end I was so anxious but was comforted with the reminder that my baby will come when it’s his time.
After birth, Chelsea came to check on us and brought a warm meal and essential oil “bottom spray” (*not all doulas provide this treatment 😉).
As I’ve mentioned before, postpartum was hard and scary and emotional. Having support people who understand birth and what your body went through is so important!!
I experienced so many new things postpartum I never expected, but having someone to reach out to during such a fragile time made it much less daunting. .
Chelsea was our doula but never stopped being a part of our lives after her services were no longer needed. .
Get a doula. Your birth story, your partner, your health, and your sweet baby deserve it.