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What are the benefits and drawbacks of doulas?

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 use 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. ...Read more

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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to become a midwife and a doula, does such really exist?

They do exist: Certified nurse midwives/practtioners actually go through a rigorous education/training process and take a certification exam. They are at the "top of the class" for non physician OB healthcare. Doulas and general midwives have less training. ...Read more

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Are midwives or doulas delivering at home a risky proposition?

Are midwives or doulas delivering at home a risky proposition?

Love 'em to death ?: A couple approaching childbirth has a limited knowledge base, preferring the "never would happen to me" approach. Some think that if problems arose they could just call an ambulance and things would be fine. In the best of situations it would take an hour to get to a specialized delivery room or operating suite. Minutes lost can mean permanent injury or death. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.". ...Read more

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How is a midwife different from 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 from 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 than 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. ...Read more

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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 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. ...Read more

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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 an obstretric residentcy for specialization. A mid-wife is not. This is a very strange question. ...Read more

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Whts the big difference if a woman uses a midwife a doula or an 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 an 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. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are the benefits and drawbacks of a primarly meat based diet?

Can you explain what are the benefits and drawbacks of a primarly meat based diet?

Increased heart dx.: The studies clearly show that lots of meat increases inflammation and heart disease. It can also lead to gout. I've written a good summary of the elements of a healthy diet. You can cut-and-paste this link to read my summary. www.mdprevent.blogspot.com. ...Read more

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Hi ciuld you please explain me what are the benefits and drawbacks of green tea?

Hi ciuld you please explain me what are the benefits and drawbacks of green tea?

Green Tea: Studies show that green tea can have antioxidant & anti-carcinogenic effects as well as V’ing risk for heart disease. It can be used as a plant based alternative for glycemic control. Too much green tea can cause GI upset or interact with some meds. ...Read more

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I drink cold coffee once every 3 days. What are the benefits and drawbacks of this?

I drink cold coffee once every 3 days. What are the benefits and drawbacks of this?

Caffeine consuption: Consumption of caffeine in moderation is not related to any specific medical conditions. Caffeine is a weak stimulant and has the potential to cause dependance, which is when regular caffeine consumers stop drinking. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of letting my baby "cry it out?"

What are the benefits and drawbacks of letting my baby "cry it out?"

First...: First you have to know the difference (individual for your baby) between crying in distress and crying for entertainment. If the latter, all you are doing by responding is making the child more tired and more cranky -- and, like the gambler in the kenny rogers song, "too tired to sleep." this is only the first instance when "want" and "need" are opposite. Wait till they discover chocolate! ...Read more

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Can you please describe the benefits and drawbacks of homeopathic medicine used to take care of Crohn's disease?

Can you please describe the benefits and drawbacks of homeopathic medicine used to take care of Crohn's disease?

Totally safe to try: Homeopathy is the safest healing modality I know of & perhaps the only one that offers a potential cure; conventional treatments at best reduce symptoms & can have serious side effects. The main drawback is its important to find a good homeopath to have a good chance for success. Homeopathy alone may not be enough- nutritional supplements, dietary changes & stress reduction are crucial. See comment:. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of cloth diapers?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of cloth diapers?

Some of each: Benefits: you are using a natural fiber that has not been chemically processed. Cloth diapers have changed alot in the past years and offer many options. They are less expensive on the long run than disposable and you decide how to cleanse them. Better for the planet.
Drawbacks: you have to carry soiled diapers with you and can get stinky, babies develop rashes if they are not changed promptly. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of taking oral bio identical progesterone relative to cream?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of taking oral bio identical progesterone relative to cream?

Oral progesterone: Is metabolized by the liver to pregnenolone which helps with sleep. This is both a pro and a con- Sleep is very important,and I think outweighs the negative effect of the liver metabolism. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of low fat museli with one spoonful of low fat yoghurt? Will it lead to excessive weight gain?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of low fat museli with one spoonful of low fat yoghurt? Will it lead to excessive weight gain?

Not the key: Weight is ultimately about calories in and calories out, but it's a fact of life that nobody is really counting. The key to staying trim is a fitness-focused lifestyle, including exercising and choosing friends who exercise. Avoid very greasy, very salty, and very sugary foods as best you can, and learn to limit portions. Exercising helps your brain regulate how much you eat. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of having flat foot?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of having flat foot?

no drawbacks either: A severely flatfoot can be a sign of many mechanical problems with the foot, but an otherwise healthy, stable and flexible, but flat foot can be pain free and function well for athletics and heavy manual labor. Several scientific studies have evaluated the relationship of flat feet to put pain and have found very little link between them. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

Few drawbacks: Inhaled corticosteroids (ic) are an amazing gift for persistent asthma patients reducing asthma episodes, hospitalization & deaths & improving lung function & quality of life. High doses are infrequently associated with bone calcium loss & slower growth in kids. Moderate doses are not & work as well as higher doses. Ic reduces the need for oral Prednisone a drug with many more adverse effects. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

Long list: Good: libido, erections, muscle mass, better fat and Insulin metabolism, mood, energy. Bad: can elevate red cells too high, can cause increased prostate size, won't get great results w/o diet and exercise improvement. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of having my left bottom back molar pulled instead of a root canal?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of having my left bottom back molar pulled instead of a root canal?

Teeth shifts: The opposing tooth may shift and erupt towards the now empty space. If you have a tooth further behind the extracted tooth, that tooth may also tilt into the now empty space. Long term you may lose all the teeth that have shifted into the empty area, and you may develop jaw joint problems. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of weight bearing as early as 3 weeks post fibula fracture as opposed to resting for 5 weeks with elevation.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of weight bearing as early as 3 weeks post fibula fracture as opposed to resting for 5 weeks with elevation.

Reframe the fracture: Because of limitations in the framing of your question, it is difficult to say. The severity of the fracture as well as the type of fracture given in relation to the fracture are really important to know. ...Read more

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