5 Reasons You Should Consider a Doula

image provided courtesy of Jen Laird, Seattle area doula

5 Reasons You Should Consider a Doula

You need support.

As well meaning as family, friends, and your partner sometimes are, a doula is there for you and you first. Meaning she can often be the most unbiased person in the room. She’s seen it all before. So, her reaction(s) won’t add anxiety or stress to your birth experience the way loved ones’ sometimes can. And, she’s had in depth conversations with you about your birth plan, so she doesn’t have a timeline or agenda she needs you to fit neatly into the way doctors sometimes do. That means you have someone on YOUR side making sure that your hopes for your delivery experience are taken into account during the process.

Your partner needs support, too.

I love to hear my mom tell stories about my dad fainting in the delivery room when I was born. And, I now love to tell the story of my very calm, kind husband swearing at my anesthesiologist when he couldn’t get the epidural into my back after over 20 tries. Our partners love us and the babies we’re delivering very much, which means their stress and emotion can often get the better of them. Having a doula there to help keep conversations informed and stress-free with doctors and nurses can be a support not only to mom, but the whole family.

Sometimes things get ‘lost in translation.’

Because a doula has seen and done it all before, she can help you process all the information that’s sometimes coming at you during delivery. Doctors and nurses have many patients to care for, and sometimes they breeze through serious and complicated decisions without really taking the time to make sure you’re on the same page. A doula can help you stay calm, think through your options, and make the best decisions possible about things like: medication, c-section, episiotomies and beyond.

Doulas aren’t just there for you during birth.

Many doulas stay with mom and check in with her months (or even years!) after birth. It takes a village to raise a child, but in our high-paced, global society, moms often don’t have the huge network of family and friends close by to care for them after baby’s born. A doula is there to provide much needed support to moms during the high stress, no rest, trial-by-fire first few months of baby’s life.

They’re more affordable than you think.

Doulas are much more affordable than you think (rates start at $800 for prenatal support, delivery, and postnatal check ups), and some insurance providers even cover part of their care! Plus, organizations like Seattle based non-profit Open Arms provide doulas at low or no cost to low-income or at-risk moms to make sure they have the support they need.

Want to learn more about doulas and the care they provide to to-be and new moms? Join us tomorrow, October 27th at 11am PST for a LIVE Q+A as we speak with Jen Laird, a Seattle-based doula with over 10 years of experience helping moms and babes have the very best start.