Friday, May 15, 2009

Becoming a Doula

Well, I am finally pursuing a passion of mine. Since Cory is still out of work and my kids are getting older, it seems like the right time.

After having a couple of my own children, I started to realize my passion concerning pregnancy, labor, delivery and breast-feeding. I started asking around my friends to see if any of them would allow me to be present during the birth of their child. Lucky for me, I have friends that said yes.

Then, the baby boom started in my church and I started having the opportunity more than I expected. The more I attended/assisted labor and delivery, the more passionate I became. For several years I have known that I wanted to become a doula one day. I just needed to wait for the right time.

For those of you who may be wondering, "What the heck is a doula?". I'll just give you a brief description straight from the CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association web site)

The following is a general description of what you might expect from a CAPPA certified labor doula. Typically, doulas meet with the parents in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy to get acquainted and to learn about prior birth experiences and the history of this pregnancy. She may help you develop a birth plan, teach relaxation, visualization, and breathing skills useful for labor. Most importantly, the doula will provide comfort, support, and information about birth options.

A doula can help the woman to determine prelabor from true labor and early labor from active labor. At a point determined by the woman in labor, the doula will come to her and assist her by:

  • Helping her to rest and relax
  • Providing support for the woman's partner
  • Encouraging nutrition and fluids in early labor
  • Assisting her in using a variety of helpful positions and comfort measures
  • Constantly focus on the comfort of both the woman and her partner
  • Helping the environment to be one in which the woman feels secure and confident
  • Providing her with information on birth options

A doula works cooperatively with the health care team. In the event of a complication, a doula can be a great help in understanding what is happening and what options the family may have. The doula may also help with the initial breastfeeding and in preserving the privacy of the new family during the first hour after birth.

I am actually very excited to start this process. I will update as things progress.

13 comments:

Valarie Daly said...

Oh man,,,how exciting!!! I am praying for you as you start this new journey..I know you will be a great Doula :-)

Sunday said...

Cass, you have my vote for sure!

Kelly said...

this is awesome!...wait, do I have to pay you now? Just kidding :) You do an awesome job already, so I'm excited to see what else you'll be learning. Mark me down for December!

Kari said...

Yeah! You already do such a great job - I was glad to have you! I will be praying for you.

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...
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Jaime said...

I don't know if Allison would have come out if it wasn't for you helping that doctor of mine! You helped keep me calm by speaking sense to me and praying with me. You tried to take me for walks in the hospital hallways and make me squat like a fat fool (didn't help a thing except increase my insecurities). And most importantly, you helped me know MY RIGHTS and spoke them for me when I was too scared to say anything. HIRE THIS WOMAN!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited about this for you! You are great at this...I would want you there if I was in labor...where have you been? :) Can't wait to hear more! Love, Christie

amanda said...

I might have another baby just to have you there - where's Paul - Paul come here.

love amanda

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

Glad to see I have some references out there :)

Kelly said...

SO glad you are going to pursue this!! You are great!

Flamingo Mama said...
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Flamingo Mama said...

how awesome! good for you! of course i would never hire you unless you offer meds and epidurals during pre-labor counseling! lol
i would be a horrible doula patient:P

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