I heard that having doulas helped with pain management during labour and I knew with my second baby I wanted a deeper level of support during my journey of birthing and postpartum. I also wanted to have mental and emotional support for postpartum, as my first baby was a challenging and particularly lonely experience with a lot of breast feeding issues.
I didn't want to have a repeat of my first birthing and postpartum experience.
The support alleviated my fears around pain management and helped me birth my baby more confidently and securely. The emotional support created space for me to let go during the birthing process, because I knew I had a knowledgeable and caring advocate by my side, and Max's side. A sense of greater wellbeing and trust in my body, myself and my baby. Having someone cheer you on and give you a boost of confidence and love in the early days with your new baby is an incredible feeling that sets a positive course for motherhood.
Being a voice for us with our health care providers, especially when labour started and we were discussing and being assessed over-the-phone by our midwives. Helping us arrive at the birth centre during labour, when we got a bit lost. Providing essential back pain-relief during labour and birth. Offering an extra pair of hands after my birth, by holding our baby, when we were dealing with my health post birth. And all the communication support for small and large questions and sharing thoughts, gave me piece-of-mind that I had a specific support network wanting to help and full of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share.
I highly recommend the support, care and knowledge Ruth and Kate will bring to the labour, birthing and postpartum experience.
Just a big thank-you for everything! And I love the whatsapp option to communicate as well - really handy.
-Carla, Max, Lilianna and baby Mila