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What is a doula?

What is a doula?

A labor coach: That charges a fee to help coach u in labor, in almost every labor room the nurses are very good at coaching you, i rec u save your money as doulas in my area charge around $800, and make sure your OB knows u will be using a doula soeveryone is on the same page before the labor and the doula and OB or midwife need to work together.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Doula (Definition)

A doula is a person that provides non-medical support to the woman both during the pregnancy ...Read more


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What is the role of a doula in a birth?

Support: A doula provides support during pregnancy, birth, and after your baby's been born. It's nice to have an "aunty" to ask, a shoulder to lean on, a hand to squeeze.

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What are the benefits of having a doula?

Support: A doula generally stays with you during labor to give you support and help you be more comfortable.

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What is a doula and do I have to have one?

No: A doula (usually a woman) is trained to attend births and to assist women through the birthing process. Doulas do not deliver babies but focus entirely on the mother's needs. Many women want a doula when planning a natural birth but a doula is totally optional.Good rule: invite only those with whom you feel comfortable to the birth. More info at seattle midwifery school website-sms trains doulas.

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of doulas?

A good Doula: Can be erty helpful. One drawback is looking down upon epidurals and having women feel bad if they need one for pain control. Remember, they earn a living by helping people through pain, thus they are biased toward not getting pain relief. If oriented that way, go with a doula, you will need all the help you can get. Good luck, congratulations.

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What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

Doula vs. MF: A doula is someone who provides non-medical support to women and their families during labour and childbirth, and also the postpartum period - wikipedia. Mf, on the other hand, is one who provides medical support to the women in labor.

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Will having a doula achieve my goal of wanting a natural birth?

Improve your odds: Having a doula is no guarantee of achieving a natural birth, but a large body of research shows those with doulas are less likely to require pain meds/anesthesia or need a c-section, forceps or vacuum extraction, so i highly recommend a doula (or friend who will act as a doula) to all women giving birth. See http://www.Dona.Org/resources/research.Php for references to the research if interested.

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What is a postpartum doula?

Postpartum Doula: What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” they assist with breastfeeding education.

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Do doula's support you before your pregnancy?

Do doula's support you before your pregnancy?

Not typically: From www.Dona.Org (a doula info website): "the word "doula" comes from the ancient greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.".

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Are midwives or doulas delivering at home a risky proposition?

Are midwives or doulas delivering at home a risky proposition?

UNACCEPTABLE!: It is not only risky, it is unacceptable! multiple studies confirm a much higher risk of maternal and/or fetal death or injury from attempted home births. Always deliver in a maternity hospital!

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How is a midwife different than a doula? I’m researching whether i’d like to have a midwife or doula at the birth of my baby, but i’m not clear on the difference.

How is a midwife different than a doula? I’m researching whether i’d like to have a midwife or doula at the birth of my baby, but i’m not clear on the difference.

There : There are two types of midwives- certified nurse midwives and uncertified midwives. Certified nurse midwives require an advanced nursing degree and have undergone the rigorous certification process that licenses them to deliver babies with physician back-up. Uncertified midwives do not require a nursing degree and usually have less formal education, which leaves them unable to qualify for certification. While many uncertified midwives are very good, they are less regulated, which makes it more challenging to assess their qualifications and choose the best midwife. Both certified and uncertified midwives deliver babies, but only certified nurse midwives deliver in hospitals. If you’d prefer to experience labor and delivery with as little intervention as possible, reserving the participation of an ob/gyn only for emergencies, choosing a certified nurse midwife might be your best option. The services of a doula may overlap with those offered by a midwife, but doulas do not deliver babies. A doula serves more as a labor coach, offering guidance, assisting with the labor process, and making recommendations, often for those who seek to deliver naturally and want labor support, as well as the care of an ob/gyn. If you’re under the care of a doula, your doula and someone else- usually an ob/gyn- will deliver the baby. Many ob/gyn’s (myself included) love collaborating with midwives and doulas because the midwife or doula often has more time to be at the patient’s bedside, answer questions, make natural childbirth suggestions, and offer emotional support. If you want a doctor to perform your delivery but you want a labor experience that more closely mimics what you might experience with a midwife, a doula might be just the ticket.

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Can I have a doula and a midwife for my home birth?

Can I have a doula and a midwife for my home birth?

Delivery at home: Pregnancy and delivery should be taken seriously because not only the life of the adult (in this case the mother), but also the life of an unborn human being could be in in danger if adequate resources are not available in case an unexpected emergency develops during labor and delivery. You should have prenatal care and your obgyn is in the best position to advice you about delivering at home.

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What's the difference between a midwife, a doula, and an obstetrician?

A MD degree: An obstetrician is a medical doctor, md, graduate of a medical school and completed a obstretric residentcy for specialization. A mid-wife is not. This is a very strange question.

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Whts the big difference if a woman uses a midwife a doula or a obgyn?aren't natural births better and do drs encourage this without unnecessary drugs?

Whts the big difference if a woman uses a midwife a doula or a obgyn?aren't natural births better and do drs encourage this without unnecessary drugs?

Why OB/GYN?: We all love it when pregnancy, labor and delivery all happen smoothly and naturally. That is how we would like it, but frequently, unpredictably and suddenly, things can turn sour and be dangerous to mother and baby. Obstetricians, neonatologists and perinatologists are the women and men trained for those situations. Most midwives have or are required to have obstetricians within easy reach.

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How painful is labor?

How painful is labor?

Not pain-free: Don't get suckered, labor hurts. How different women cope with pain is what varies. It is possible to deliver without drugs or epidural but some women have added fears, anxiety, distrust, & misinformation which can add exponentially to the pain experience. Talk to your OB about options & your needs. Labor with family and/or friends who help and trust your OB provider - you'll be just fine.

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What does labor feel like ?

What does labor feel like ?

How far pregnant?: Labor pains occur with regularity and feel like a hard muscle cramp--(your uterus). The intensity will increase as labor helps to bring the baby down for delivery. You should learn how to grade labor pains from very hard to just starting to feel them. Your obstetrician will teach you. Best wishes! Always let your doctor know if you have any vaginal discharge--water or blood especially.

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What causes the labor to start?

What causes the labor to start?

Fetal control.: Current theories (supported by pretty conclusive data) suggest that the fetus is in control of labor initiation at term and preterm (in most cases without infection, trauma, abruption). When the fetal brain is mature and stressed enough by the confines of in utero life, it stimulates the fetal adrenal gland setting in motion a cascade that leads to uterine contractions and delivery.

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What is ''active management of labor'' then?

Active management: The active management of labor was pioneered by k o'driscoll in 1969, as a means of reducing the number of prolonged labors.

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What are the first signs of labor in month 8?

What are the first signs of labor in month 8?

Please ask your OB: Any regular contractions or increased discharge, if u and baby is ok if u go into labor before 37 weeks then your doc will try to stop it, if your water breaks then it won't be stopped, so if u are worried call now so premature labor can be prevented rather than treated, and i always get an ultrasound on all of my pts between 34-36 weeks so i know what is going on, and don't go past your due date.