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What to pack in your hospital birth bag.

It’s a question that will continue to be asked as long as women are giving birth outside of their homes. “What should I pack in my hospital bag?”

So we decided to put together a list of things and why you might want to bring them. The hospitals usually provide a lot of things, like pads/mesh panties, diapers, wipes and more. So will focus on things that are beneficial and maybe something you haven’t thought about packing in your bag.

  • An extra pillow (or two!) – There’s nothing wrong with the pillows provided at the hospitals or birth centers, except that they are limited. So you may not be able to get an extra one if you need it. Best to bring one or two from home. These are also a good idea if you have a cesarean, something to hold against you as you get up and down after surgery.
  • Your favorite blanket/robe – Having something familiar and comfortable to make your room feel more homey. Anything that helps you relax and feel more comfortable in the hospital environment is helpful for not only labor, but for your morale.
  • Copies of your birth plan – 2-3 copies is ideal. Your nurse will need one, the baby nurse will need one, and an extra for whoever may need it.
  • Extra towel or two. – The hospitals usually have plenty of towels, but they aren’t very big, kind of like a glorified hand towel and if you plan to use the tub/shower during (and after) labor then you can expect to need about 3 or 4 of those just to dry off. Bringing one or two large towels from home will save you some time & energy.
  • Snacks – often you are told that you cannot eat during labor, but new recommendations from anesthesiologists say that a light meal or snacking during labor is beneficial. Keeps your energy up so you can stay strong while you labor.
  • Electronics & chargers – this one is a no brainer, but if you bring a phone/tablet/laptop always make sure to grab that charger! Make sure to have some of your favorite calming music saved on there somewhere too!
  • Toiletries – obviously they have some of this at the hospital, but most women prefer to use their own shampoo/conditions and body wash. Travel size bottles of your favorites are perfect for the hospital bag. Don’t forget the lip balm, hair ties and toothpaste.
  • Depends – you may thing why depends!? They are PERFECT for postpartum bleeding. If you had a catheter placed, you could have trouble urinating after it’s removal too. These are a bit easier than the mesh panties and pads, provide more coverage and great at not leaking.
  • Anything that gives you comfort – this could be a picture, a special scarf, lotion or essential oils, slippers to walk around in. If you think it might help keep you relaxed and comfortable during labor, bring it!
  • Nursing pads – you may or may not start leaking right away while at the hospital, but it’s best to bring a few pairs of disposable or washable pads if you plan to wear a bra or shirt while at the hospital. (Personally, so much skin to skin time and nursing happens that you may not wear a bra while there)
  • Nipple butter – most hospitals have samples of lanolin for moms, but you need to make sure to wipe it off before each feeding; which can get tiresome. A good all-natural nipple butter can make life a little easier since it doesn’t need to be washed off before nursing baby.
  • One dollar bills and change – you might find yourself needing cheetos from the vending machine at 2 a.m.
  • Birth Props – if you have a specific tool you plan to use during labor, don’t just assume the hospital will have it available (or they have it but it’s in use by another mom), so bring your own birth ball/peanut ball/birth pool. If you think your birth place has these available just leave it in the car and if you need it, send someone out for it.

For Baby

  • Cloth diapers – if you don’t plan to use disposables then make sure to bring about 4-5 cloth diapers in baby’s bag. Hospitals provide wipes as well, unless you have a preferred brand you want to use.
  • 3 sizes of clothes – Preferably just one going home outfit in each size : Preemie, newborn and 0-3 months. While you’re in the hospital baby will likely be wrapped up or skin to skin with mom, so a going home outfit is sufficient. Because ultrasounds can be way off on the guess weight of babies, we suggest bringing the multiple sizes so no one has to run out from the hospital for something to put on baby.
  • Pacifier – if you plan to use one, you might consider bringing your own paci (or two). Babies often need to try a few different pacifiers to find the one they prefer. (Ask us about getting a free Dr. Brown’s pacifier)
  • Favorite swaddling blanket – pretty self explanatory, but we suggest bringing a back up as well in case of a poo-splosion.

And of course don’t forget your doula! We not only do birth support but over night postpartum support in the hospital is available as well. Check out our service list for details.

Happy Birthing!

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Why every woman should have a doula.

Sarah is preparing to go to nursing school and some of her pre-requisites required that she write certain types of essays. As you can imagine, most of the essays were birth related if it fit the criteria for the essay. This last essay due is a persuasive essay. So of course Sarah had to write about why every woman should have a doula! A grade hasn’t been received for the essay yet, but we would love you, the reader, to give her a grade and leave some feedback!

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” – John H. Kennell, MD. This phrase is powerful and probably one of my favorites that is related to birth work. A doula is a professional childbirth support person, who has specialized training and often is certified, but is not a medical professional – unless the doula happens to hold separate medical licensing too. As a doula I provide you with all the information you could ever need, if I don’t know the answer to a question you have; I can find it.

Doulas support you emotionally throughout pregnancy, during labor and postpartum as well. We comfort you physically with massage, position suggestions, breathing techniques. Most of us have a doula bag full of tools to aid a mom during labor as well. As a doula our job is to help you know about all of your options and to be empowered in your decision making, to open the lines of communication between family and medical personnel and even translate medical jargon into easy to understand terms.

Dad and other family members are not excluded in the support when a doula is in the picture either, we provide emotional support for everyone in the room. A lot of women ask “Why should I hire a doula? I have my husband/mom/sister to support me. I didn’t have a doula for previous births so I don’t need one this time.” I like to say that having a doula for the first time is like having a Starbucks drink for the first time; you don’t know what you are missing until you have one!

Doulas improve overall birth outcomes. This happens in several ways. Studies show that having continuous labor support from a doula – not a family member, friend, or hospital employee – is when the best outcomes occur (Gruber, Kenneth J.). Up to a 31% decrease in use of Pitocin, a 28% decreased risk of a cesarean section, 12% more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth, 9% decrease in use of pain medication (which may not seem like a lot, but our biggest delivering hospital has a 93% epidural rate so it would make a small dent in that), a 14% decrease in the risk of baby being admitted to the NICU and a 34% decrease in the chance of mom being dissatisfied with her overall birth experience (“The Evidence On: Doulas.”). Considering that our nations cesarean rate is hovering around 32%, which is double to triple the recommended cesarean rate, any opportunity to help bring that number down is a great tool to utilize (Almendrala, Anna).

A study from Minnesota found that women who had a doula were 22% less likely to have a preterm birth. By reducing the cesarean rates, doulas can save private health insurances about $1.74 billion each year and state Medicaid about $659 million (Bess, Gabby). Even the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend the use of doulas during birth for their benefits and helping to shorten labor times (“Women’s Health Care Physicians”).

Even in the event of a cesarean, planned or unplanned, a doula is beneficial to have in the delivery room (Dekker, Rebecca). A doula is the constant, and the familiar even when the birth plan goes out the window. While physically there is not a lot that a doula can do in the operating room, the emotional support is most important. Taking pictures, making sure mom and dad are both understanding what is happening every step of the way, reassuring them both that everything is ok and their baby will be with them soon. Often baby goes to a warmer with a nurse immediately after birth and dad goes along too. This leaves mom alone, but with a doula by her side she’s never alone. In the OR I give constant reassurance and describe baby to mom if she cannot see baby, how beautiful baby is and how wonderful everyone is doing.

Being on the operating table can be such a lonely experience, and a doula changes that dramatically. We help facilitate skin to skin and breastfeeding in the OR as soon as possible to help mom have that golden hour of bonding and get breastfeeding off to the right start. I always have lots of tips for moms during the recovery of a cesarean so they have the easiest and quickest healing period possible. Having extra training through the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) has helped me to become a better doula for cesarean moms and to be better able to help moms avoid an unnecessary cesarean.

As a doula, I am always furthering my education to learn more about the physiological happens during pregnancy and birth. I’ve been studying pregnancy and birth since 2005 and I still learn something new at every birth I attend. Keeping up to date on new studies, ACOG recommendations, local hospital policies and even going backwards and reading old books to gain helpful information is crucial to me as a doula. Women deserve the very best care while they go through this life changing time, and I strive to give each woman just that. My very best.

Doulas also provide postpartum care to new moms. Having a doula postpartum is said to decrease the likelihood of a mom developing postpartum depression (Chee, Allie). We continue to take care of the mother after she has become a mother herself. While friends and family come over to see the new baby in the days and weeks after birth, a postpartum doula comes to make sure mom is taken care of so she can focus on taking care of her new baby. We do things like run errands, go get groceries for mom, clean up around the house, dishes, laundry, making sure mom has eaten and stays hydrated. By lifting this burden from new moms, we are helping her heal; physically and emotionally.

The birth of her child(ren) is a time that is going to be forever remembered by a mother. Our goal is to make sure that she has the best memory possible. That her birth(s) are stories that she wants to tell repeatedly, being filled with joy and empowerment when she thinks back on that time.  25-34% of women say their births were traumatic (B, Danielle). That number is too high. Our hopes are that through our work as doulas we can lower or eliminate the percent of women who experience birth trauma and replace it with a higher number of women who felt empowered, respected and in charge of their births.

 

References

Almendrala, Anna. “U.S. C-Section Rate Is Double What WHO Recommends.” The Huffington

Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 14 Apr. 2015. Web. 02 May 2017.

B, Danielle. “14 Women Share The Heartwrenching Details Of Their Birth Trauma.”BabyGaga. N.p., 25 Apr. 2017. Web. 02 May 2017.

Bess, Gabby, Andalusia Knoll Soloff, Kimberly Lawson, Leila Ettachfini, Sophie Wilkinson,

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Amos Mac, and Annabel Gat. “Every Pregnant Woman Should Get A Doula, Study Says.” Broadly. N.p., 14 Jan. 2016. Web. 02 May 2017.

Chee, Allie. “A Postpartum Doula for Every Motherby Allie Chee.” A Postpartum Doula for

Every Mother – by Allie Chee. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2017.

Dekker, Rebecca. “A Doula Facilitates Skin-to-Skin in the Operating Room.” Evidence Based

Birth®. EBB, 01 Oct. 2015. Web. 02 May 2017.

Gruber, Kenneth J., Susan H. Cupito, and Christina F. Dobson. “Impact of Doulas on Healthy

Birth Outcomes.” The Journal of Perinatal Education. Springer Publishing Company, 2013. Web. 02 May 2017.

“The Evidence On: Doulas.” Evidence Based Birth®. EBB, n.d. Web. 02 May 2017.

“Women’s Health Care Physicians.” Approaches for Ob-gyns and Maternity Care Providers to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth in Low-Risk Pregnancies – ACOG. ACOG, n.d. Web. 02 May 2017.

 

 

 

The fight against PPD rages on…

You may remember me from a blog about postpartum depression that was posted a while back. In that blog, I laid bare my experience of the previous weeks. I was raw, open and honest about what it is really like to struggle with postpartum depression. By the end of the blog, you may have thought that “the worst is over”. I thought so too! But here I am 3 months after having my baby and the last two weeks have been hell. I have felt like I was losing that grip on happiness that I had found just a few weeks ago. Around the time that I wrote that blog, I had felt like I had finally peeked my head above the fog. I was still in the thick of it, but I was rising and could see the sunlight and the beauty of my new “normal”. But now, just a few short weeks later, I am sinking back below that fog, clawing at whatever I can to stay up. But I’ll be honest. I’m tired. I’m tired of fighting. I’m tired of feeling like the rug is being pulled out from under me just when I think I have a good handle on things. So I am writing another blog, which I did not plan to do, because there may be someone reading this that feels tired too.

To the mom that feels like she will never be enough for her family. To the mom that worries she is starting to annoy her friends with her constant anxiety about ridiculous things. To the mom that looks at herself in pictures and wonders if her eyes will ever look happy again. To the mom who feels total guilt for losing patience with their older child who you know is only acting up because they are jealous of the new baby. To the mom who feels guilt because you aren’t as sad as you should be when you drop your kids off at daycare to go to work. To the mom giving her child popcorn for supper because she doesn’t have the mental fortitude tonight to handle a crying baby and a clingy toddler and cook a nice meal. To the mom who cries in the shower because she doesn’t want her partner to know just how awful she feels.

I see you.

To the mom who sometimes wonders if she made the right decision having another child. To the mom who loves both of her children so much more than she could ever explain but still briefly considers running away. To the mom who is touched out. To the mom who feels guilty for depending too much on her partner for the third month in a row. To the mom who’s nerves are shot. To the mom who sometimes feels like her family and friends would be so much better off without her bothering them. To the mom who worries that her toddler can feel her sadness.

I see you.

We will get through this. If you ever read any mom blog ever, you know that this is a phase. Right now it feels hopeless and endless, but eventually, it will end. Things may not get easier, but they will get more “normal” and we will be able to cope. Parenting is one of the most incredible journeys a person could ever take. But we’d be lying if we pretended that things were always great. No, children aren’t the worst (most of the time), and parenting isn’t terrible (again, most of the time). But it is SO. DAMN. HARD. And it’s even harder when you are battling the beast that is PPD. AND IT IS A BATTLE. We fight this fight daily. Some days, it’s a fight to smile and some days, it’s a fight to get out of bed. But we continue to fight because we know that eventually that fog will lift again. Eventually we will climb back up to the sunshine and the beauty. Eventually we will smile again and actually mean it.
Please continue to fight this fight with me. I won’t give up on you. – Doula Megan

How do I know my breastfed newborn is getting enough to eat?

Your baby is finally here! You get through the first 24-48 hours at the hospital with the nurses everywhere and offering assistance at every turn. Then you go home. You nurse your precious baby, she drifts off to sleep and all is right with the world. Then what seems like instantly baby is hungry and nursing again. Ok, no big deal. Maybe baby just fell asleep before being finished a little bit ago. She nurses for a while and dozes back off. Awesome, now you can get some rest. Less than hour baby is awake and wants to nurse already. This goes on all day, and night, then into the next day and night. So you start to wonder “Is baby getting enough? Do I not have enough milk? Am I starving my baby!?”.

Short answer, No. That is highly unlikely that baby is not getting enough. Very rarely can a woman not supply her infant with breastmilk of some amount. A newborn baby’s stomach is so very small at birth, only 5-7 ml, the size of a small marble. This gradual grows to about the size of a ping pong ball within the first week. So, not only does baby has an itty bitty tummy that fills very quickly, breastmilk is the perfect food newborns so it is digested faster than formula. This is why it seems like baby is always hungry, because they are. They are growing at some crazy rates and need the nutrition to help grow big and strong. Keep in mind that babies will lose some of their birth weight and can take up to 2 weeks (or a little longer in some cases) to get back up and surpass that. So weight may not be a good indicator that baby is getting enough right away. You want to look for several wet and dirty diapers per day as a good sign of nutrition and hydration. Some like to weigh baby before a feeding and then immediately after to show the amount that baby has taken in.

It is very good for a newborn to nurse frequently and have lots of skin to skin time with mommy. This is how baby is building your milk supply. It is all about supply and demand. Baby will demand a lot, and I mean A LOT, and your body CAN supply it. It may seem tempting to give baby a bottle of formula or a pacifier in that first few weeks but this can derail your plans of breastfeeding exclusively (if that was your plan).

Before baby comes is the time to think and plan for this immediate postpartum time when baby will be attached to you from the outside. Find a pediatrician that is knowledgeable about breastfeeding if possible, find out where your local lactation consultants are, read some books on breastfeeding and stock up on nursing pads and other essentials. Any time you hit a bump in the road do not be afraid to reach out.

Trinity Doula Services offers lactation support as well as a monthly Breastfeeding Support Group for moms near the Harrisburg, IL area. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these services.

Are these contractions really labor?

First, second, third and beyond time moms almost always get to that point in their pregnancy where they have some contractions. A tightening  and something just uncomfortable happening. So they wonder ‘Oh, is this IT?! Is it time NOW!?’ and get excited, nervous, worried and overjoyed all at the same time. Things keep going for a bit so you start to time them. Eight minutes apart, yes this must be it! Seven minutes apart, they are getting closer! Then…..nothing. It piddled out. Again. How frustrating.

Let’s talk about the differences in type of contractions. There are Braxton Hicks contractions, also referred to as BH in pregnancy groups online. BH are usually irregular, sometimes they seem to be in a pattern, (7 to 9 minutes for example) but then you’ll have some that space back out before coming back closer together again. BH also do not get more intense. They do not get more painful, which most women do not describe them as painful anyways. They may be uncomfortable and bothersome, but they usually do not get any worse.  BH can usually be made to go away, or at least slowed down tremendously. Drinking a big glass of water, taking a bath/shower, laying down or getting up. Just changing what you are doing activity wise can cause BH to stop.

Real labor can be confusing at first. Early labor contractions can seem as though they are Braxton Hicks contractions. People always tell you “When it’s really time, you will know” and chances are you want them to shut up because that’s crazy, how will I ‘just know’? I’m not a turkey with the little red thing that pops out when it’s done!! The majority of the time, this is true, you will know. Or at the very least, you will be thinking that it is time or almost time. Real labor contractions can start off irregular and inconsistent. This is the time to play the ‘I’m not in labor game’, to ignore the contractions the best you can. Eat a meal, take a nap, whatever. Gather your strength, you will need it! Labor contractions will get stronger, they will become more intense. For some women it takes a lot longer for that happen than others. So this where the gathering your strength and resting is very important. If you think your contractions are BH and you do all the little things that can make them go away but they do not, then you probably are looking at real labor contractions. When they are the real deal, nothing will make them stop.

I don’t like to use the term ‘false labor’ because there is nothing false about what you may be feeling! It is very real, it is preparing your baby and your body for the work out that is labor. If you are unsure about what you are feeling or are concerned in any way never hesitate to call your care provider. No one will think you are silly, I promise!

My baby is breech, now what?

So you go to your 37 week prenatal appointment and the doctor feels your abdomen like usual, only is taking a lot longer this time. Then the words are said “I think baby is breech now”. So you have an ultrasound and it confirms that baby is now head up and butt down.

Now what? Your mind is likely racing with questions with the biggest one being ‘I have to have a c-section now, don’t I?’ The answer to that question can be a bit complicated. The biggest factors will be your care providers and your preferences. Is your doctor skilled in breech vaginal births? Do you want to have a breech vaginal birth? Is your doctor only giving you one option, having a cesarean birth? Would you prefer a cesarean birth?

In 2001 the choice of vaginal vs cesarean birth for breech babies went away. Many doctors since then have not been trained how to handle breech vaginal births in medical school. Most care providers that do still attend breech vaginal births are older and are starting to retire out of the baby catching business. So finding one who will give you the options you desire can be difficult.

Like all things in life it is a matter of weighing risks vs benefits. Depending on who you ask will determine the type of answer you get about which method is safer or better for mom/baby.

ACOG states that the preferred method of delivery is cesarean birth. But they go on to say that women should be counseled on their options and be able to make informed choices. You can read about their full opinion here.

There are a few studies that have been done more recently and they seem to have differing opinions on which is the best method of delivery for a breech baby.  Some like to point out the risks of attempting a vaginal breech birth, while others point out the risk factors with cesarean births. Both are valid arguments.

Let’s talk about those for a minute. The risks are usually small, but they are still there and a chance these things could happen. Risks of a cesarean birth:

  • Infection
  • Excess blood loss
  • Blood clots
  • Nausea, vomiting and severe headache due to spinal anesthesia(also known as a spinal headache)
  • Bowel problems
  • Injury to other organs(bladder, bowels,etc)
  • Maternal death
  • Injury to baby during surgery
  • Need for baby to go to NICU
  • Respiratory distress and other breathing complications, immature lungs
  • Premature delivery (since due dates are often wrong)

Risks of a breech vaginal birth: again, small risks but still chance of happening

  • Head entrapment (this is where a skilled provider is key)
  • Cord prolapse (which can happen in head down babies too)
  • Insufficient head molding
  • Internal organ injury (seems to happen with inexperienced providers)
  • Shoulder dystocia and nuchal arms
  • Nuchal cord (common, happens in 1 out of 3 births regardless of presentation)
  • Fetal death

I want to take a minute and talk about the risk of head entrapment. In our Southern Illinois area there is one provider that I have had a conversation with regarding breech vaginal births. I specifically asked about a baby’s head getting stuck after the body has emerged. He explained to me that in full term sized infants that the buttocks and hips are the same size (or almost) as the head and if those came out, usually the head does as well with little to no issue. After some research, I found that to be true. Not that I ever doubted him or his skills. If you are interested in learning more about this care provider please message us.

Here is a link that goes in-depth about the risks of a vaginal breech birth.

Now let’s talk about after birth. If you have a vaginal birth, you will likely have an easier recovery and shorter healing period versus a cesarean birth. If you are planning more children, then having a cesarean can cause complications in future pregnancies. Depending on your care provider having a vaginal birth after a cesarean can be difficult to achieve. You can read Sarah’s personal VBAC stories here. Making a decision that is often time sensitive can be stressful. Take a breath, do research, talk to a professional(or two or three), talk to your partner, express concerns and talk it out. Be prepared to hear opinions or advice from well-meaning friends and family members and to take it with a grain of salt.

Make your decision based out of confidence and not fear, not a decision that was made for you from a lack of options. Your body, your baby, your birth.

No matter what you decide, Trinity Doula Services supports you.

Common concerns about hiring a doula.

You have a lot to think about while you are pregnant. I mean A LOT! You’re going through a lot of changes and if this is your first baby then it’s all new, scary and exciting at the same time. Someone mentions hiring a doula for your birth. You may have a few questions or concerns pop into your head. With the first being ‘what’s a doula?’.

The same explanation is given all the time. Continuous, unbiased, physical, emotional and educational support before during and after birth. The teller then can go into great length and detail about what they do and how awesome it is until they turn blue in the face. I know I’ve done it before. Here is the bottom line.

We are on Team You!

You want a waterbirth? No drugs? Some drugs? All the drugs? A scheduled cesarean? An induction? Waiting for labor to start even if that takes a few more weeks?

We support that. We support you! No judgment, ever.

I asked around to see what some common concerns were that women and their families might have when it comes to hiring a doula to support them.

First on the list: Cost. Yes, seeing that number can catch you off guard. But it’s the same as if you were shopping for any other big item you wanted. Did you know Trinity Doula Services works with you on payment plans so that you can have the support you desire fitted into your budget? Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to us about it. There are also a lot of ways to pay for your doula. Ask friends o family to help pitch in, have a yard sale where all proceeds go towards a doula fund, put it on your baby shower list, give up that trip to Starbuck’s twice a week (don’t hit me!) and save that money you would’ve spent to go towards the doula’s fee. Be creative, it’s always doable!

Second on the list: making the husband/partner/other friends and family feel replaced or left out. This is really common when the role of a doula is not understood. We don’t come in and push people out of the way, I promise. We work to support the family. For everyone be comfortable and happy. But our clients do come first, if they ask that we do more or less, then that is what we do. It’s great to work with friends and family, sometimes they have questions about what is happening and we can be a source of information for them too. Help calm any fears that the mother-in-law may have. The most important thing is that mom and baby are loved and supported and being well taken care of and sometimes that may look like only having one or two people present during labor and birth or having a room full. But this is the parent’s choice to make. It can be hard if you want to be present and mom or dad may not be comfortable with that, it can even make you feel offended if the couple goes on to hire a doula. Doulas are professional birth support. It is nothing personal. It is always them doing what they feel is best for them and their birth. You are still wanted and still very loved.

Third on the list: doulas only support ‘all natural’ births. How can I put this simply? NO. We support ALL BIRTHS. All forms of birth are just that: BIRTH. Are there doulas out there who only want to attend unmedicated births or home births? Sure there are. But I am not one of them. Every pregnancy, labor, mother and baby are different and have different and wants. Trinity Doula Services will never tell you that you are ‘doing it wrong’ or that you made a ‘wrong choice’. That’s not unbiased and nonjudgmental support.

Fourth on the list: not knowing what a doula was. This is hard because you don’t know what you don’t know. Usually you learn something new by reading about it or hearing someone else talk about it. But once you start researching, you’re likely to find all sorts of things and knowledge is power!

Fifth on the list: I only want my husband there, I don’t want a stranger there. Truth time! Unless you are planning a homebirth with a very specific birth team (midwives and her assistants) chances are you are going to meet LOTS of new people when you are in labor. Sure you know your doctor/midwife(or maybe not if the one on call is someone you’ve never seen before) and maybe know one of the nurses. But doctors and nurses change shifts and go home. You could be in labor long enough to go through several shift changes. Your doula doesn’t do that. We don’t go home after X amount of hours. We are there continuously. You may be surprised at exactly how many new faces you will see. Dietary will usually come by 3x a day with some drinks or little things for you, it’s always a different person. You will see at least 2 nurses when you are being admitted, there will be at least 1 or 2 nurses who come at time of delivery that are there for baby. If you receive a epidural then you will meet another doctor and possibly a second one for that too. If you need a cesarean birth then you will meet even MORE nurses and doctors. But you know who you can always turn to and see their calming face? Your doula. Even if just want your doula to support you during labor and then step out for pushing, that’s ok. You just want prenatal support and birth preparation and her not be present during labor ? That’s ok too! Because as long as you are happy and supported that is what we care about.

Trinity Doula Services hopes that this helped to answer some of the questions or concerns you may have in regards to hiring a doula. TDS strives to provide above and beyond support to the families of Southern Illinois.

Have other questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact us!