The advantages of having a doula
The advantages of having a doula present during the birth of your baby are enormous.
Have you ever wondered about the benefits of hiring a doula to assist you during the birth of your baby?
A doula stays with you, the whole time, from the first signs of labour until your baby is born. They are one constant caregiver who doesn’t leave your side, unlike hospital staff in a hospital.
A doula doesn’t change shift. She is that constant beam of light, love, support and empowerment in one of the most life changing events ever. At the most she rests a little when your partner is there for support.
A doula never judges your choices, she’s there to help, inform and empower you, your choices and your birth. She will help you labouring at home, support you during the transfer to the hospital, and stay by your side until your baby is born… AT ALL TIMES.
A Doula is someone to tell you that everything will be fine, that you’re not a bad mom if you’d like 2 minutes for yourself or when you need a proper break.
After the birth she helps you with breastfeeding, and helps you and your partner with adjusting into your new roles as parents.
Importantly, she will be looking after your baby when you need that long hot shower, without having to think or listen out for a crying baby. She is skilled at helping you to notice the different cries, in order to understand what your baby is communicating. She is an experienced hand at showing you how to hold, wash and dress your new baby.
It’s the kind of support that I wish every mother could have, because it makes the first few months so much easier. Just knowing that there’s someone that understands what you are going through and stands by your side, makes all the difference in the world of a new mother.
There is a lot to learn in early motherhood. And going through this learning with hormonal changes and insufficient sleep makes it feel harder yet. Having expert support makes the birth and post-partum period so much more joyful.
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