Here are some of the differences:
Why have a Doula when you already have a Midwife?
Most people believe a doula and a midwife are the same thing, but they are not. They play two completely different roles during your pregnancy, birth, and even postpartum time.
A Doula: is a professional that is trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to women that are pregnant, in labor, and postpartum. Otherwise known as a childbirth coach. They do not provide medical advice or perform medical procedures. However, a doula will provide education for any questions that may occur during your pregnancy, labor, or postpartum time. They will empower women and help them be confident in the decisions they make. A doula ensures the choices the mother has made are being heard. They are also making sure your labor is safe, yet memorable. A doula will make sure your birth plan is going as close to plan as possible. A doula even helps with techniques on how to manage pain during a drug-free birth. They are literally there to make sure your extra needs and wants are being completely met and taken care of, so that you can focus on your body and your baby. You can choose to have a doula with you at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital, the choice is yours. A Midwife: is a health specialist in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. They typically only provide medical support or advice, instead of emotional support.
A midwife is the person that will deliver your baby, perform medical procedures like an episiotomy and stitches (if need be), as well as check vitals and dilation. A midwife will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding your health during your pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. A midwife can also be with you at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital. This is why some women choose to have a doula as well as a midwife, so they can have that extra emotional support during their time of need, while also having someone there to safely track their pregnancy and deliver their baby. It is definitely understandable why a doula and a midwife seem to play the same role at first, but as you can see from the list that I showed you, they are two completely different things. Even though they are different, a doula and a midwife still work hand in hand with each other to provide you with the best birth experience possible. The ultimate goal with these two is so that you have a safe and memorable experience, while being able to have extra control over how you want to give birth. You do not have to have both a midwife and doula during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time, but if you are wanting all the support you can get, both are recommended. We hope this helps answer your questions over the differences between a midwife and doula and help you figure out if you should have both during your maternity time! Provided to you by: Chelsea Henderson; Pretty Momma Writing & The Natural Birthing Center.
After the homebirth of your baby, it is time to slow down, heal and recover. Pregnancy takes precious nutrients from your body and gives them to your baby. It takes two years for your body to fully recover from one pregnancy. This is true even though at 6-8 weeks, you begin to feel more like yourself and many women are back to wearing their pre-pregnancy clothes.
The first week or two we encourage you to do nothing but rest and bond with your baby. Let others cook and clean for you. If someone offers to help, say, "Yes, please wash the dishes in my sink." Sleep when baby sleeps. Sleep deprivation can sometrimes lead to depression.
We strongly advise against traveling or long rides in the car for the first two weeks. Give your body time to heal the stitches, and for any swelling to resolve before it is aggravated by long car rides. Nurse your baby while resting on your side to minimize sitting. Sitz baths (available at Walmart) three or four times a day for 20 minutes can be very helpful. Alternating Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be helpful.
It is important to get iron-rich foods or take Floradix in the first 2-3 months post-birth. Placenta encapsulation is helpful in re-building iron and mineral stores and helps you recover more quickly.
Breastfeeding also pulls nutrients from you to make optimally nourishing breast milk for your baby. This is expected and normal. We encourage you to eat healthy and continue taking your Juice Plus/Juice Festive, prenatal vitamins, and getting healthy fats in your diet such as avocado or fish oils.
Around the third day after delivery, the hormones switch to breastfeeding and you may feel like the world is coming to an end. This usually passes. But if it persists past a week you should tell your midwife. To offset any postpartum depression, we encourage a daily fish oil, a small amount of progesterone cream rubbed on the skin (sunshine makes a nice progesterone cream), or placenta encapsulation. Get out in the sun! Call someone.
By the sixth week post-delivery, you should be feeling more like yourself. A mother's group can be most helpful. If you are interested in a mother's meet-up, let Sandra know. Molly Crenshaw is a counselor offering her services in the Salado facility.
A postpartum doula can also be a wonderful blessing!
Are you interested in a free personal consultation to talk about your birth and special circumstances? Call us for your free personal birth consultation. 512-468-1419 or send us an email.