Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shout Out Saturday

Welcome to another Shout Out Saturday!  Today I wanted to set aside a little part of the internet to give a shout out to doulas.  Even though tomorrow marks my son's third birthday, I still feel incredibly strongly about the importance of a doula. I can barely formulate the words to convey how much we love our doula, Sally but I am going to try.
Sally, with Thomas, days old
We had never heard of a doula until our midwife asked if we were considering one.  (Yes we had a midwife, and no I did not give birth in a field.  I had Thomas in the hospital and would recommend a midwife to anyone. Sidetracked.)
I knew I didn't want anyone else in the room with us when I was in labor, no family or friends.  But the thought of having a calming, experienced and knowledgeable presence was very appealing.  This is an excerpt from our Doula's 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.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily."

We met with Sally to chat and before the session was over, Jer and I were both completely on board!  She provided a calm environment for us both and helped us shape our birth plan.  Ok, not a birth plan...but things like if I wanted to have drugs, when and which ones, if I wanted a mirror to see what was happening (NO thank you!), what kinds of pain reduction methods we would try etc.
My labour was a story in itself, which you can read all about here.  Sally was priceless during this time for us as she kept not only me calm, but Jeremy as well.  She was able to give him a break and also show him the best ways to support his wife.
Thomas did not latch properly for seven days.  I was determined to breast-feed and if it wasn't for Sally, there is absolutely no way I would have.  She provided such incredible post-partum support for both Jer and I.  She taught Jer how to bathe Thomas, a tradition that remains to this day.  She came over multiple times in one day because I was having such a hard time getting Thomas to latch.  The post-partum support was invaluable.  I wish every woman would have a doula.  I also wish there were doulas for one, two and three year olds ;)
You can contact me anytime with any other doula questions.  I can't properly explain in a blog post how beneficial Sally was/continues to be to us.  

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