Giving birth, for many women can be a very stressful experience. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be. Don’t get me wrong giving birth was probably one of the most difficult but also most empowering and rewarding things I have ever done in my life. There are many things you can do to avoid an unnecessarily stressful birth. Having a doula as part of your birthing team is an important one.
Kathy Shamoun from OpenSpace Wellness, a birth doula as well as a childbirth educator played a major role in my birth. It wasn’t easy but it was something I would do again without hesitation and I think a lot of that has to do with Kathy. I want other women to feel as confident and relaxed (as relaxed as you can be when in labor) about going into to labor as I did and so I asked Kathy to share how having a doula could help accomplish just that.
Below are 5 reasons you should consider a doula for your next birth.
- She improves birth outcomes:
- Less likely to need epidural anesthesia
- Less likely to need a vacuum- or forceps-assisted delivery
- Less likely to need a C-Section
- Less likely to have a baby with a low 5-minute apgar score
- She improves your experience of giving birth: studies have shown that women who use doulas have shorter labors. And regardless of "how" you birth, she will make your birth better (even surgical birth).
- She's a professional and experienced set of eyes and hands who will give you and your partner the confidence to stay out of the hospital longer so the chances of unnecessary medical interventions are fewer.
- You'll have a personal trainer, massage therapist, and life coach all in one. From coaching your partner to pressing your hips in just the right way to keeping your spirits up, doulas do it all.
- A doula believes in your ability to birth and she helps you remember that your body knows how to give birth. Having this experience is very powerful for a woman that carries her through many challenges for the rest of her life.
Every woman’s needs are different as is their birth experience but one thing is for sure, bringing a child into this world is something you never forget. What did you do to ensure that your birth experience was a positive one?
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