K.M. asks from Campbell, CA on February 24, 2008
Is It Possible to Have a Doula Just for Child Birth?
I am in my 7th month of pregnancy and have decided that I would like to look into using the services of a Doula to help me ensure a natural childbirth. Is it too late? Or can a Doula help me just for labor and delivery?
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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies and referrals! My husband and I have started interviewing Doulas in our area and are excited about our decision to have someone look after the "technical" aspects of our baby's delivery so we can enjoy the miracle of birth!
B.N. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2008
I had a doula with my second child. I met her a couple weeks before I delivered and she was there for the birth. I had a really good experience.
K.A. answers from San Luis Obispo on March 03, 2008
Call Janice Cramer... Shes amazing. ###-###-#### Shes very educated and
is a doula. She worked with a mid wife for years.
A.P. answers from San Francisco on February 26, 2008
Yes it is, and I have a name and number for you -
Lorrie Papangellin ###-###-####
She lives in San Carlos and is certified, qualified and knows the ropes. Give her a call.
ps. she is also my sister-in-law
T.F. answers from Sacramento on February 26, 2008
Definitely not too late! If you have any interest at all, I think you should pursue it. Doulas help you know what your body is made to do and give you the space to do it with confidence. Full Circle Midwifery in Davis, Woodland, and Sacramento might be a place to get a referral.
R.M. answers from San Francisco on February 26, 2008
It's not too late to have a doula for labor/delivery and also meet with her before that. You have time. Most doulas do 2-3 meetings before the due date, and I think most do them in the 7th or 8th month, so you are fine on timing. Susan Cortez was my doula -- because of her knowledge and calm presence, I was able to labor at home w/ a fire for almost the entire labor, only spend 3 hrs in the hospital before my son was born, and have a great natural birth. Her website is: http://www.birthwonders.com/
A.V. answers from Sacramento on February 25, 2008
It's not too late. I had a Doula with both of my daughters & she was fabulous! Her website info is: www.sacramentodoula.com
She'll want to meet with you a few times before you are due, get aquainted, find out what "natural childbirth" means to you. Then when you go into labor - just give her a call & she'll follow you to the hospital, or meet you at your house to help you before you go.
Good luck with everything!
J.R. answers from San Francisco on February 26, 2008
R.F. answers from San Francisco on February 25, 2008
The word "doula" has come to mean someone who provides practical support to women around the time of childbirth. A birth doula is exactly what you're looking for. They typically have a couple of prenatal meetings in the last month of pregnancy and then are with you for the labor and delivery; they also often have a postpartum meeting to discuss the birth. A postpartum doula typically helps new moms after the birth, helping with comfort issues and breastfeeding, and also often helping with basic household tasks to help keep the household working during those first difficult days. (And it's common to confuse doulas and midwives. The difference is that you can become a doula in a weekend, but it takes the equivalent of a three-year program to become a midwife.)
I collect information about local "Meet the Doula" nights at:
T.L. answers from San Francisco on February 26, 2008
Hi K. I am doula myself and also 27 weeks pregnant. I can say that it is never too late to call on a doula. I wish I was taking clients now but im resting until the baby is here. Let me know if you want any referals of doulas. I know alot, and some that are volunteering. They have alot to offer. Yeah I really reccoment having one. Its very helpful too keep things in at a flow and keep everyone comfortable. LEt me know if you have any questions. Thanks and have a great birth! be well T.
W.W. answers from Sacramento on February 26, 2008
A doula works with you and your doctor to achieve the best possible outcome for you given your situation. I highly recommend one; I used one for the birth of my 11 month old son and I truly believe I would not have had as great of success as I did without her. However, I believe what you are asking for is a midwife. Midwives can deliver babies without doctors. If you want a midwife but still want to deliver in a hospital try UCD. They have a great midwivery program that promotes natural childbirth (remember natural is whatever you make it). So, you can deliver without drugs, start labor without drugs, chose a waterbath, etc. Oh, and one more thing. A doula (if she is worth her salt) will not "ensure" a natural childbirth. The reasoning is because some women just cannot have a purely natural drugfree birth. For example, I labored for 46 hours (32 were without drugs) but I was tired, had not slept for 3 1/2 days, and was exhausted. My doula helped be cope and know that it was ok to get the drugs in my situation. Doulas are to help you through your labor and get the best possible labor and the safest delivery for you and your baby. You may use a doula with a midwife which may be the best combination for you. Good luck and I hope you have a quick and easy delivery!
M.C. answers from Sacramento on February 25, 2008
I wouldn't think it is too late. But I would talk to your doula, she would be the one to decide.