By: Andrea Stainbrook
As a professional doula and owner of Metro Detroit Doula Services I love hearing all the reasons people decide to hire one. So I asked around. These are actual quotes from people who hired doulas.
“Because I was DEATHLY afraid of labor and knew I wouldn’t stand a chance without one.”
Doulas are there to help you process and work on your fear and anxieties regarding pregnancy and childbirth. We are always available to listen and discuss how you are feeling and we will work together to get you to a place with more confidence. In labor we are there to support you and help you obtain the wishes you have for your birth. Doulas bring comfort and a calming presence to the experience. We remind you of what is normal and you don’t have to feel alone in your journey.
“I needed support for my VBAC.”
“I hired a doula for both of my c-sections…so thankful I did. [She was] a calming supportive presence.”
Metro Detroit Doula Services supports all types of births. Every birth is worthy of a doula. 1st baby, 2nd baby, and more! We attend VBAC s (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), natural births at the hospital, natural births at home with a professional caregiver, medicated/epidural births, and planned and unplanned cesarean. We tailor to your needs for your birth journey. Every birth is truly unique. We serve them all.
“My husband isn’t a birthing professional. I wanted to add a key player to our birthing team basically.”
“Because I wanted and needed an expert, someone there only for me, and someone who knew what I needed before I did. Also to help my husband to help me better.”
Metro Detroit Doula Services firmly believes in becoming a part of your birth team! We have a non-medical scope of practice. You chose your care provider for a reason and we will help you work with them to achieve the wishes you hope for. We also want your partner to be your partner. Their connection with you is something we can’t and don’t want to replace. We will help him/her support you. With a doula on the team there will always be continuous support for the laboring woman. This makes it easier for the partner do self-care as well, like going to the bathroom, resting, or eating without feeling like they are abandoning their partner. We can offer suggestions of techniques to do, positions, or words of encouragement to say. Birth is a journey for the partner too! We are also there to help the partner feel safe and comfortable.
“I wanted a natural birth and had read the statistics on how helpful a doula can be in achieving that goal.”
There have been many studies and the statistics are in; the presence of a doula reduces the need of interventions. From Evidenced Based Birth, “Overall, women who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and C-sections.”
“I wanted someone knowledgeable about birth whose ONLY job was to focus on me.”
That’s right, our job is to offer continuous labor support to you and only you. From the moment you want us to arrive we are there by your side supporting your needs. Emotionally and physically we are there to be with you. Listening ears, calming words, and helping hands to assist as you navigate your experience. Doulas are a positive presence dedicated to only you.
“Because I wanted the loving care of a mom without it being my judgmental Mom.”
Metro Detroit Doula Services offers non-judgmental support always. Feeling heard and respected is of utmost importance to us. New parents receive advice from all angles. As your journey unfolds we follow your own path, on your terms, how you want it. Knowing you have someone there for you without worrying about how they will think of you for your choices is comforting.