"Every mother and baby has the right to be treated with reverence and respect during the birth process, including pregnancy and beyond."
I couldn't have said it better myself. Childbirth is a profoundly important and personal part of the human experience and should be treated as such!
It is a woman's responsibility to educate and inform herself of all options available to her. The best way to do this is to read & research as much as you can and surround yourself with experienced educators and caregivers.This includes finding a health care provider that you trust and who has a philosophy of birth that is similar to your own.
Trusting your care providers should never mean letting them make decisions on your behalf. Always remember these three questions when your care provider suggests any intervention:
Is my baby okay?
Am I okay?
What are the risks and benefits of the suggested intervention?
Never be afraid to ask questions.
I strongly believe that a well-informed woman is the only one who can decide what her best birth is. My role as doula is to support your vision for an ideal childbirth experience.
I am a member of DONA and have completed almost all requirements for certification including extensive self-study, childbirth education and birth doula training. My only remaining requirement is to attend one more birth and receive good evaluations from mom and her health care providers.
As a Doula, I :
provide emotional support, physical comfort measure, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions