One of the “Birth Matters Virginia” educational videos is titled “Do you Doula?” and focuses on what doulas do and how they support laboring women. I really liked the video, because it is very informative. Many women don’t even know what a doula is, or think they won’t need one; and I think this video will help them see the great benefit a doula can be to them.
I’m a strong advocate of women having a doula during labor and birth, particularly if they are planning a hospital birth, since they can’t know for sure who will be attending their labor and birth in a hospital. Most doctors and midwives work in groups or partnerships, and a woman cannot guarantee that her preferred choice will actually be there; plus there is a wide range of supportiveness in hospital nurses — some nurses don’t care or are having an off day, and even nurses who do care may not have the time or ability to actually help a laboring mother, since they may be in charge of the care of more than one woman, or have to catch up with charting, etc.
After you watch the video, go rate it!
Filed under: labor and birth, labor support | Tagged: baby, birth, birth support, doula, doula services, doulas, giving birth, hospital birth, l&d nurse, labor attendant, pregnancy, pregnant, who should be at the birth |