Your birth experience matters.
No matter what type of birth a mother chooses, I am there to encourage her and her family through the experience.
You are entering a new phase of your life. You are becoming a parent. This is going to be one of the monumental days of your life. You will be telling of this day for the rest of your life. Your children and grandchildren will love listening to the day you became a mother/father. They will want to hear of every single detail. How you look back on this day will make a life long difference. How you share your experience will impact how your listeners view and approach birth. Your birth experience matters. It matters to you. It matters to your children and your children’s children.
I have several years of experience in working in the emergency department (ER) and the operating room (OR) as well as with both inpatients and outpatients. After many years working as part of a medical team, I am very comfortable in medical situations. Even though labor is not necessarily an emergency situation and the mother is not sick, delivering a child can be stressful for the mother and father. Often just being reassured that this is normal goes a long way to making a family more at ease. From time-to-time, a situation may arise where the labor or delivery diverts from normal and the situation requires more attention, being able to keep a family calm in such situations can make all the difference in the world. A family who understands the situation, feel they are being heard, and feel they are supported look back on their birthing experience positively even if plans are modified. As a doula, I empower families through information, encouragement, and support.