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Coral Pitkin, CNP, Arvigo Technique of Mayan Abdominal Therapy
Sarah Reynolds, LMT 505-362-3629
New Mexico School of Natural Therapies offers free massages for women in their second and third trimesters 505-268-6870
Welcome! In this first blog post, find a comfy place to read the common questions I get when I am asked about this whole doula thing!
No. We have lots of great doulas in the area and certification is not required. I felt it was important to me to become certified because I feel it shows a full commitment to the most current information available as a birth worker. I am also continuing my education through additional certifications and online seminars. One certification that I have completed since my doula certification is my rebozo certification. My additional birth interests include: learning about the TENS machine, baby massage, placenta encapsulation, and breastfeeding support. I love all things birth and love helping women have the best birth they can. In the doula field we refer to ourselves as “birth nerds.”
That’s fantastic news! Maybe you don’t need a doula, but consider the following questions: Has your partner given birth? How does your partner respond when they see that you are uncomfortable?
A doula can never replace your partner. The bond you have with your partner is special and the presence and confidence that they give you is monumental to you having your best birth. As your doula, I am secondary to your partner. It can however, be a great comfort to have a person that is trained in birth to assure you of what is normal and make suggestions for comfort and progress. As a person outside your immediate family it is easier for me, as your doula, to remain clear and calm when times get more intense. I can remind your partner/birth team how to help you most effectively. Finally, I am also there for the partner and rest of the birth team to make sure they are at their best (fed, hydrated, having some rest or are at least caffeinated!) so they can more fully be there for you during your birth.
How lucky! My answer is similar to having your partner as part of your birth team. Your mom loves you so completely and will be a great source of comfort to you during labor. Questions to consider are: How will she respond if you show uncomfort or fear or uncertainty? Nowhere else in the hospital setting are loved ones asked to step into such a pivotal caregiving role. As a trained birth worker I am happy to work with any combinations of birth teams that you decide you want at your side. It is your birth! I can help your team remain flexible to support you as you need. I am trained to provide unwavering emotional support and confidence in you as a birthing person.
I understand: You are pregnant and tired. You are busy. You just want to snuggle and watch some Netflix. I think books can be beneficial preparation for labor and I can recommend good ones to keep you away from the scary wormhole that is the internet. That mentioned, in my experience nothing compares to a birth class. It can be in-person, online, video, or a combination. I would recommend an in-person class simply because of the one on one questions you might have. You will also connect with people going through similar experiences at similar times. It’s awesome to have that kind of reassurance during such a new time. If this is not your first pregnancy, chances are some things are still new: your body is different, or you may already be living with a small human, or maybe you didn’t love your first pregnancy or birth. A class will help you be more prepared for this labor and birth. We will cover a lot of information in our prenatals together but our time is limited. I can help you find a birth class that works for your schedule.
I love this question. No. You can go ahead and simply be you! During our prenatal meetings we will discuss your birth preferences and make a simple, one-page document to give your midwife or doctor. It is important to remember the word ‘preferences’ though, because birth is unpredictable and only your baby knows how they want and need to be born. I will fully and unconditionally support your birthing choices. However, if you are hoping for an unmedicated birth, statistically having a doula will greatly increase your chances.