This blog lists a checklist of what I think is useful to bring to hospital for labour and birth. It’s practical and covers things not often thought of!
There's a lot of buzz around right now about Virtual Doula Services - so I thought I'd take the opportunity to discuss them in more detail.
Virtual Services still offer the same independent, continuous care that support your choices around your birth. A good Doula will work with you to make sure that you have evidence based information, guidance, practical tools and support - and there is significant evidence that this type of support improves your birth outcomes - no matter how it is delivered.
I recently took part in an online business course and we were encouraged to think about why people don't use our services and how we could overcome these barriers or misconceptions (if that's what they were). I had actually never thought about this, at that point I had been only really speaking with or aiming at people who were already aware and open to idea of doula support. So it really did get me thinking - why wouldn't someone want a doula? Here are some reasons that came to mind:
As a society we are very focused on pregnancy and birth - and rightly so, it’s a huge life event after all. But not much is spoken about the period that immediately follows. The more clients that I support, the more I notice that this time comes almost as an unexpected shock, mostly because of the focus placed on birth as the main event - when really, birth is just the start, the beginning of your parenting journey. I've outlined some points below to consider so that you can prepare a little before you have your beautiful baby in your arms.