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Real Talk from a Nurse about Doulas: It’s All About Team Work

Photo Credit:    Living Body Works     Please hire doulas. Please come with birth plans. We aren’t all monsters. I promise. From the bottom of my heart.    - Sabbath Schrader, Labour & Delivery Nurse, De Moines, Iowa

Photo Credit: Living Body Works

Please hire doulas. Please come with birth plans. We aren’t all monsters. I promise. From the bottom of my heart.

- Sabbath Schrader, Labour & Delivery Nurse, De Moines, Iowa

This beautiful photo of a bed having been maneuvered into a more supportive position for the labouring person was circling with a lot of comments, many negative, about how unhelpful hospital staff, nurses and doctors were at births. The response from a labor and delivery nurse from Di Moines, Iowa was too good not to highlight! See the post here.

Sabbath Schrader points out that the primary role of nurses (or doctors and other hospital staff) is not one of support, they have many other obligations and responsibilities that come first. It's a shame but it is the reality.

So if hospitals are limited in their ability to support birthing people, how do we make sure families receive not only physical, but emotional and educational support?

Here’s some real talk from a nurse about their role in labour and what you really need… DOULAS! Its all about team work to get you the best experience possible!

As a labor and delivery nurse, I always get so sad reading these comments (about poor support from medical staff in hospitals during birth).

It is not within any manner of our training as a nurse to help women who want natural childbirth. It’s not. Thankfully I was a doula for 10 years before I was a labor and delivery nurse. But here’s the thing - a good L&D nurse wants you to have a doula. We do. We often have more than one patient. We often are following litigation fuelled protocols that require us to listen to the baby very often, chart and take vitals, monitor meds and fluid intake and output, complete and file a myriad of forms, double and triple charting the same nuggets of information, taking phone calls from providers asking what you and our other labor patient is doing, catching a baby in one room while you’re doing hard work in the next one, discharging or transferring another patient, trying to help another nurse with an emergency, or any number of other tasks that have nothing to do with you and your baby. Which I assure you, a good labor nurse, HATES that we can’t always focus on you, your needs, and your baby.

I want to hold your hand. I want to bring you cool wash clothes. I want to feed you snacks and help with sips of water. I want to tell you encouraging things and tell you what a goddess you are. I want to be doing so much more for you.

But administration wants things. Doctors want things. Other patients want things. Hospital lawyers want things. Social workers want things. Pharmacy, lab, residents, other nurses, dietary, financial, medical students, floor directors.......sigh. They all want things.

Your birth space is my safe space too. Where I get to just be with you. Outside your room is chaos, and honestly most of the time I’m just trying to keep everyone away. I’m protecting your birth space the best I can Mama’s. And sometimes that means I can’t always help with the bed.

Please hire doulas. Please come with birth plans. We aren’t all monsters. I promise. From the bottom of my heart.
— Sabbath Schrader, Labour & Delivery Nurse, De Moines, Iowa

** It should be noted that doulas support ALL types of birth, Home, Birth Centre & Hospital, medicated or unmedicated, surgical or vaginal**

If you’re interested in knowing more about Birth or Postpartum Doula Support, Get in Touch! Let’s chat about what support looks like for you and your family.

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Written by Ruth Ruttan, Doula & Pre & Postnatal Pilates Specialist at Retrofit Pilates

Ruth has enjoyed watching many bodies change, stay functional and become powerful humans. Education is at the centre of her approach, believing that knowledge is power and that informing our minds and bodies will help build an extraordinary life experience. Creative by nature and armed with an excellent knowledge of functional anatomy and physiology of pregnancy & birth, Ruth loves working with all sorts of bellies, babies and bodies!