You don’t want me to have any pain medication. We had one client who asked “What if I want all the meds?” One of our doulas answered, “Then my job is to get you all the meds!” We want you to have the birth that’s right for you. While you might surprise yourself and never even ask for pain medication, if you feel that you need it, we want you to know your options (did you know that epidurals aren’t the only choice?) and to get the right medication for you at the right time in your labor. An epidural sometimes is the very best thing for you, and we love to support you during that! There is plenty for a doula to do when you are laboring on an epidural, and if you want it, we are there for you. We’ve even suggested epidurals in some situations!
I’m having a hospital birth with a doctor, sorry. Nothing to be sorry about! We want to go where you’re going and where you’re most comfortable. If being in a hospital means you are less worried about complications, than it’s the right place for you. Hospital births often give us the chance to do even more for you, in setting the tone, getting food and drinks, and often some creative problem solving. Your healthcare provider is a very personal decision and if you’ve made your choice, we won’t second-guess you. If you’re having concerns or looking for recommendations, we are happy to help.
“I heard you hate inductions!” A potential client said this to us at one of our Meet the Doulas night. Her fear was that if her doctor suggested an induction, the doula would try to talk her out of it. We reassured her that her doula would never try to convince her to ignore medical advice. Inductions are a tricky thing because there are some questionable reasons some healthcare providers suggest them, and an induction can be a harder journey, especially with a mom whose body isn’t quite ready to start labor. Inductions can fail, too, something that isn’t always made clear. So, while we don’t love inductions in every case, we want to ensure that you are clear on why you need an induction and on the best way to accomplish that. And of course, we will be with you through the birth, regardless of how it starts!