Why Bother with a Birth Plan?
If you're pregnant or even just know someone who is pregnant, you've probably heard of a birth plan. They're "all the rage" right now and for good reason! Putting together a birth plan is a good way to educate yourself about your options during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum.
listening to the answers helps you get to know your care provider and he/she to get to know you. The goal is to create an environment of mutual respect and build trust between both provider and patient.
So, What Exactly is a Doula?
A doula is a non-medical professional who assists a woman during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. The word “doula” comes from the Greek and means “a woman who serves.”
For most of my clients, I recommend they take a Childbirth Education course of some kind. Be it in person or online, just so long as it's not Dr. Google or the dramatize (unrealistic) movies/TV. I said "for most" because there are a few exceptions to this rule: if you've taken a class recently for a previous birth, for example, you might not need to retake a class. But overall, childbirth education classes are beneficial no matter what kind of birth experience you hope to have (non-medicated, epidural, planned cesarean, etc.).
So, what do you even learn at a childbirth education class that could be so important? You'll learning all kinds of things from the stages of labor, to common medical terms and interventions, to techniques and options during the intensity that is birth.
The Birth of a Doula
Beginnings are always so exciting, aren't they?! Perhaps that is why I'm so drawn to birth work; beginnings truly are beautiful to me. Everything is so fresh, new and I can't wait to take my first step so I can take my next. This is the birth of my passion, my business, my future.
I truly feel I have found my calling...
I'm the owner of Sage Roots. Woman, wife, mother, doula, writer, bookworm, hiker, gamer, and Christian.