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To Doula or Not To Doula

What is a doula you ask?  It certainly is a funny word!

A doula is a person who supports, but does not judge you and your partner in the birthing experience.  Your doula provides ongoing information to help you make good decisions during birthing.  Doulas do not prevent you from getting an epidural, rather they offer physical and emotional support to be well informed.  And many women who have doulas find that they don't need epidurals.

Because your doula is comfortable and familiar with labor and birth (unlike your partner, friend or family member), your doula becomes a valuable resource in a hospital setting, where one-to-one care is hard to come by. 

The doula helps the partner to enjoy and participate fully in the birthing experience, without the burden of having to remember everything that was taught in childbirth classes.

A doula's unique role is to encourage the woman's self-confidence, help her find positions that are comfortable and effective for labor progress, protect her privacy, and help her relax and focus on the natural rhythm and progress of her labor.

Tracy Hartley of provided us with this belly scoop idea to help keep our big bellies informed.

Tracy loves being a Belly Scooper and is a member of DASC (Doula Association of Southern California) and has participated in more than 100 births.




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