The stats are in . . . In 2015 I served 6 families through labor support. 4 of those families gave birth in birth centers, and 2 in hospitals. 100% of those families were satisfied with the service they received. Why don’t I publish stats like medicated vs. unmedicated, or vaginal births vs c-sections? My role as doula is not about the outcome, as far as method of birth is concerned.
My role is to provide information in the prenatal period. I will make sure you have the information needed to allow true informed consent. I will support you in what is important to you. I will help you think through pieces of your birth plan. I will help you and your partner work through fears about the upcoming birth.
My role is to provide support during labor and birth. I will remind you of the reasons why you wrote your birth plan as you did. I will assist with labor comfort measures, even when that means a double hip squeeze through every contraction for three hours. I will suggest position changes that might help with fetal positioning, ease back pain, or encourage baby to descend. I will guide your partner in ways to support you. I will be there when your partner needs to take a break. I will be constant and present throughout your labor. I will be there when plans change out of medical necessity.
I can’t guarantee the outcome of your birth. I can’t promise that your baby won’t experience distress. I can’t promise that you will have an unmedicated birth. I can’t promise that your baby will be born vaginally. I can promise that you had information and support to help you make the best decisions for your birth. I can guarantee that you will have 100% of what I can offer.