Bedrest And The
When a woman decides to
have a baby, there are many choices that she can make for herself
about her caregiver, her birth place, and who should be in
attendance. But when things change about her health regarding the
pregnancy, or her health in general, bedrest is some times prescribed
and not necessarily by choice. Up until now, she’s done all the
footwork about assembling a team of people to assist her through
this process, but for the time being, she is limited by her
situation. In walks the Antepartum Doula...
But what is an
Antepartum Doula and how does her role differ from the Labor Doula
and/or the Postpartum Doula?
A new member of
the birth team, the certified Antepartum Doula is specifically
trained and educated to assist women/couples dealing with a high
who may or may not be on bedrest, or pregnant women with medical
conditions necessitating the need for help. This assistance can
include education, physical support such as bed rest assistance,
sibling care, errands, meal preparation, home care, and emotional
support. Her specific responsibilities
are a little bit of everything, including researcher, confidante,
childbirth educator, community resource coordinator, organizer,
hand-holder, shoulder to cry on, and/or some times… simply an extra
pair of hands around the house to help out with life in general.
Since we know that “high
risk” pregnancy can include just about anyone who is having a
troubled, complicated, or challenging pregnancy, the needs of the
individual pregnant woman are going to differ from pregnancy to
The “High Risk” label is
attached to many different women with tremendously varied stories,
but low risk with an immobilizing condition can also prove to make
pregnancy very difficult.
The Antepartum Doula can
really play a huge role in keeping these women current with the
latest research, assisting them with reading material from the
library, bookstores, or the Internet, and the Antepartum Doula is
there to assist with “legwork” for these moms. Likewise, the
Antepartum Doula can also provide childbirth education information.
Bedrest may be the way
that many women spend their pregnancies, but certainly there is
assistance to assure that women and their families do not spend that
time alone. Consider an Antepartum Doula to help ease the burden of
For the mom and/or
family enduring a complicated pregnancy either because of illness or
circumstances, the Antepartum Doula can contribute an extra set of
hands to help with the daily grind of home, but more importantly,
she can help to provide education and support… or what we call the
“heart” of the doula.
information on how to certify as an Antepartum Doula, or how to find
a certified Antepartum Doula, contact CAPPA (Childbirth and
Postpartum Professional Association) at
firstname.lastname@example.org, go to their website at
www.cappa.net, or call 1-888-548-3672.
This information brought to you by
Laura Dana, LCCE, CD(DONA), CAPD