Why attend your Easing Labour Pain class with us?
I am pregnant and busy; why do I need to attend a class that talks about easing labour pain? What will I and my partner get out of it?
➊ It is two hours where you and your partner will be able to actually focus on your upcoming labour and birth in a safe environment with skilled facilitators who have been attending births for a total of 40 years. That’s a lot of labours!
➋ Things that are not taught in any prenatal class - this class is unique - we do not waste your time - we tell you valuable tips, show you effective techniques and make you laugh!
Water, Water, Everywhere (at Birth) – How a Doula Helps
● Ensure water bottles / cups are filled
● Make tea, electrolyte drinks
● Remind clients to drink
● Remind client to pee - the sensations of labour often take away the natural urge
● Ensure clients know what to do when their “water breaks” (we prefer to say “when membranes release”)
● Create a safe space for tears (more…)
Why I love a messy house!
I love to see a messy house when I visit my clients, especially in the days after the baby is born.
It means that they are focusing on the essentials and simply have no time to tidy - and that can be a very good thing.
They are eating, staying hydrated, connecting with baby and maybe resting.
Doulas & the Birth-Ninja Skill of Not Speaking for our Clients
Doulas advocate for their clients without speaking for them. Often this takes some serious doula-ninja skills.
Why don’t we speak on behalf of our clients? Wouldn’t it help them have a better birth?
NO!! It’s disempowering.
A big problem with the medical model is that everyone thinks they know better than the labouring woman or new parents. Too many people essentially speak for them without even asking their opinion, without even knowing them.
Doulas – Take Note!
This has happened several times in my career as a birth doula…
➠ A repeat client is working with me.
➠ They have a concern or fear or burning question related to their previous birth.
➠ They have a fuzzy memory of events and times or even a strong memory of something that doesn’t make sense.
➠ Their partner has a completely different memory.
➠ They need some solid information to move forward.
➠ They expect me to remember what happened at their previous birth.
Enter the Doula Birth Log.