Why a Multilingual Doula
Is a doula a medical professional?
A Doula is not a medical professional, although doulas are well informed on the physiology and process of natural birth. A doula does not give medical advice, but will help you ask the right questions. A doula does not perform medical procedures, nor does she make any decisions on your behalf, but will help you explore and understand your options. A doula does not communicate your preferences to your birth team, but will help you communicate them.
What are the benefits of a doula in numbers?
It has been demonstrated that birth doulas can improve outcomes:
- 31% decrease in the induction*
- 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*
* Source: http://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/
Will a doula replace my partner?
No! Your doula and your partner work together as a team to support you and help you navigate the journey of your birth. Doulas help and support partners. Doulas can show the partner how they can best serve the mother. And if questions and/or worries come up during delivery, the doula can provide reassurance to the partner and/or attention to their needs. Doulas can also help partners understand the different options that come up during birth and give them a break if they need one.
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients. She provides information and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
A midwife is a health care provider, while a doula is a childbirth companion. A doula provides support to the mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth, but does not deliver the baby. A midwife may offer medical examinations and procedures while a doula may not. A doula offers ‘continuous labor & birth support’, not leaving the mother’s side until the baby is born. A midwife will stay with the mother only for the duration of her shift.
What if I have an epidural?
We will be by your side no matter what you decide for yourself and your baby. We are here to empower you every step of the way. Your doula is there to help you feel knowledgeable, prepared and confident before labor begins. During labor, your doula will help you find your rhythm and use comfort measures to cope with the intensity of labor. If, however, you choose pain medication, your doula will still provide emotional support and information. Even with an epidural, you will still need comfort and help with positioning.
How early in my pregnancy should I get in touch with a doula?
While there is no specific timing for hiring a doula, it is a good idea to get in touch about 4 months before your estimated due date. It is advisable to contact more than one doula to find out how each one works and choose to cooperate with the one that speaks to your heart and with whom you can create a rapport.
What happens if I have a cesarean section?
Even in the case of surgical birth, your doula will be there to explain what is happening and support you though the procedure. She will also be by your side during recovery to assist with breastfeeding and bonding with your baby. If your health care team allows it, your doula may accompany you during the operation, unless she is not allowed in due to medical emergency.
Are doulas welcomed in hospitals and medical settings in Greece?
Doulas’ presence in medical settings in Greece is not established yet, although steps are being taken in that direction. It is always a good idea to check with your hospital and medical team to find out if they are willing to allow your doula in during birth. If not, it is possible for your doula to offer her support remotely (via smartphone or tablet)!
How can I ensure my doula will be available the day I go into labor?
Your doula has booked her availability so she can support you throughout your labor. If, however, an emergency or an unforeseen event occurs, a back-up doula will be there for you. Your doula will assign a back-up doula who you will speak with or meet before labor. You may rest assured she will offer you the same quality and level of support as she will know your history, needs and preferences.