During my last pregnancy, I followed along with an app that let me know how my baby was developing each week. It would suggest articles and occasionally there would be a poll. Once such poll was: "Will You Use a Doula?"
Of 117,000 votes, 6% said Yes and 9% said they were not sure.
85% said "NO"
There is only a small part of the population using this app, but when looking at research it matches the findings. About 6% of birthing mothers use a doula annually in the United States.
So why would someone want to use a doula? Births involving doulas have a 50% less chance of cesarean. Births involving doulas are 25% shorter. The need for pitocin is dropped by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%. These are the scientific reasons to hire a doula, and just a few of the positive influences having one present during birth can have.
The question then becomes, why aren't more people utilizing this tool?
Many women ask the question, "When is the best time to discuss my birth plan with my care provider?"
The answer is always "NOW."
Your care provider is the one providing the care for your pregnancy and birth. Before signing on as their client, whether they are a doctor or a midwife, you should feel comfortable and confident that the options and choices you have in your birth plan will be available to you. This can only happen when the lines of communication are open and flowing. Waiting to discuss your choices until later in your pregnancy is not a recommended decision.
When choosing a care provider, bring your birth plan. If you do not have a plan yet, bring a list of things that you want to discuss and know more about for your pregnancy and birth. These lists should be part of the decision for any family. A mother and father have the right to decide the care they will receive, and most providers are open and willing to listen and discuss your options. If something in you...
Gentle Voice Prenatal Support made it into our local paper, The Murfreesboro Post, this week. Certified Hypnobabies Instructor Amanda Johnson was chosen as a "Remarkable Rutherford Woman." She is humbled by this honor.