the blog of a Philadelphia birth doula.
"Are you writing a birth plan?"
This is a question I ask every client. A birth plan is an important tool for birthing families, allowing them an easy method of conveying their wishes to their care team. "Why do I need a birth plan?" you may be wondering. "I can just tell people what I want, or don't want!" That's true, of course - you absolutely can! That said, a birth plan is more than just a list of things you want or don't want while you're birthing. It's an opportunity to explore the options you may have for your birth, as well as decisions you may need to make about your care. The following 5 tips are suggestions, based on my experiences as a doula, that will help you craft a rockin' birth plan.
"Do you think I need to cancel this appointment?"
I began my day with a text from a doula colleague, with a client in early labor. She was wondering if she should go ahead and cancel a prenatal visit with another client scheduled later in the day, or if she should roll the dice and gamble on being able to make the appointment, and she wanted my opinion. This is the reality of doula life - working around being on call.
You're pregnant - congratulations! Among the many decisions you will be making in the coming months, one of the most important is where and with whom you will choose to birth. As they begin to explore their options about birthing, more and more parents-to-be are discovering how valuable a doula can be as an addition to the birth team. Here are some of my favorite reasons for choosing to hire one.
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