It’s National Doula Week! A couple of years ago I partnered with a local business to take photos of births for her clients. There is nothing more special than to be there to document a new life coming into this world. It is one of the most awesome things I do in my business. Whether it be 2am or 2pm it’s an amazing process to be a part of. For all mommas that want to stay out of the hospitals right now with the Corona Virus this may be a good choice! I interviewed Krista Brooks to collect some basic knowledge on what a Doula was for people that may not understand why they would need one. She has been a Doula since 2012 and is currently finishing up her schooling to become a Midwife. For all mommas that want to stay out of the hospitals right now with the Corona Virus this may be a good choice!
Personal interview by phone
Hazel, Kristin. (2020, March 9). Telephone interview with Krista Brooks at Eastern Shore Wellness and Pregnancy
Why should I hire a Doula?
A doula is a labor coach. They are trained in empowering the mom and dad, pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. Their purpose is making the process of having a baby as easy as possible on the couple to have the best experience they can. The presence of a doula at birth was linked to an almost 60% reduction in women’s odds of having a C-section, and 80 % lower odds of having a nonmedically indicated C-section compared with women who had no doula.
Article in a magazine article from an online database
What is the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?
A midwife is a health care provider, while a doula is more of a childbirth coach. You might choose to have a midwife instead of an OB for prenatal care and to deliver your baby—midwives can deliver babies in hospitals, birthing centers or even in your home.
Do they replace the Doctor?
A doula does not replace your Doctor but a midwife can. Deciding on an OB/GYN or a Midwife depends on many things but mostly if you are wanting pain medication or if you have a high risk pregnancy. It is always best to contact a midwife and ask about your specific situation.
Who can be there in the house or birth centers?
During the Covid 19 situation things are much different than they are normally. For example PRMC will allow 2 people and your Doula in the room during the birth but it is now restricted to just to one person so you can choose who you want to be in there. Many people are switching to having a baby at home for this reason. All precautions are taken with someone from outside coming into the home if you decide you want your Doula to be there.
What questions should I be asking to find the perfect person?
Here is a basic list of questions to ask when you are interviewing a Doula. If you are interested in hiring Krista Brooks here is a link to her website.
If you need any info on hiring a birth photographer please check out more info here on my site.
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