When I tell people I am a doula, they often immediately respond with “Oh, I would never hire you, I want my epidural!”
There is a common misconception out there that doula support is only for women who plan to have an unmedicated birth. This could not be further from the truth.
Doulas should love epidurals! Why? Because the main job for a doula is support. We think it is great when we have a client who tells us from the very beginning she wants an epidural. This woman knows what she wants and she is voicing her needs. We are glad we live in a time where those needs can be easily met!
Whether you birth your baby via cesarean section, with an epidural or other pain medication, or completely unmedicated, bringing a child into the world is a raw and emotional event. So, what does doula support for a woman with an epidural look like? It looks exactly the same.
We continue to work to meet the physical and emotional needs of the birthing woman and her partner. We spend a lot of time prenatally with our clients discussing more than just their birth plan. We want to know more about you than whether or not you want delayed cord clamping.
We go over everything. What are your top priorities for your birth outside of pain relief? How do you want the room to feel? Peaceful and quiet or full of energy and friends? We will also help your partner know exactly what to do. From how to rub your back to reminding them to breathe too!
We will be the person standing next to you the moment you successfully birth your child, cheering you on. And, when your baby takes that first beautiful cry we hope we have done our part to make this the most memorable day of your life.