Consultations Doula Guidance
Looking for in-depth information on particular topics relevant to childbirth? Consultations are with highky seasoned doulas and are individualized to fit your specific needs or interest.
Doula Consultations Can Focus On The Following Topics:
• Understanding Your Birth Location Options
Portland has a rich birth culture that provides individuals and couples with a wide array of doula service options. All of this choice is empowering, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! For instance, you can decide to have your baby at a hospital, birth center, or at home. If you elect to give birth in a hospital, there are several to choose from each offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. You can hire a doctor, nurse-midwife, naturopathic midwife, or direct-entry midwife as your medical provider, and there is also the option of having a birth doula to assist you. Unmedicated birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, and cesarean birth are all options, and there are many other choices to be made along the way. Consultations can help you understand and sift through all of these various choices so you can decide on the direction that’s right for you, your family, and your specific set of circumstances.
• Creating a Birth “Plan”
You can’t plan how your baby’s birth is going to unfold because there are always some unexpected twists and turns along the way that require flexibility. However, creating a birth plan can nonetheless be an excellent tool for expecting parents and their medical providers. A birth plan can be useful as an educational tool to help you better understand what to expect at the hospital, the kinds of choices you have, and how to advocate for yourself. Consultations are used to help you design a personalized plan that lists your specific goals and requests so that medical providers will better understand your preferences.
• Developing A Mindset For Labor & Birth
Whether you want to better understand the stages of labor, learn practical and effective coping strategies, or prepare mentally and spiritually for the experience of labor and birth, a consultation can help. Maybe you’re trying to figure out which type of childbirth education class is the best fit for you and your partner. Or perhaps you’re just looking for a rundown on the “tried and true” techniques that have been helping people with contractions for centuries. Or maybe you want to dive in more deeply to explore what this transformative path has to offer and how to cultivate a mindset that will serve as a strong foundation from which you can draw. Whatever your goals, we can get you started.
• Preparing For Induction or Planned Cesarean
Labor induction and planned cesarean births are unique journeys that many of the childbirth education classes do not adequately prepare people for. If you’d like to learn more about what to expect with an induction or cesarean and what options you have to create the most positive labor and birth experience possible, then a consultation can walk you through the whole process, explain what to expect, inform you of the choices available, and help you feel more confident walking into the experience.
• Postpartum Planning & Support
When asked, “Are you ready for the baby to arrive?” many expecting parents begin to scan the list of things they still need to buy or the co-sleeper that still needs assembling. While having appropriate baby gear is essential, many other considerations and preparations can influence how the first weeks and months unfold with your newborn. The postpartum can be a delicate time – your lifestyle, relationships, and hormones will be changing. A consultation can help you set up appropriate support systems and get you mentally and emotionally prepared for this profound shift in lifestyle.
• Welcoming Baby #2
So you’ve been in love with your first-born for a while now, and you’re excited that another baby is on the way, but you’re starting to wonder how the transition from one to two children is going to work. Who will take care of your first-born when you go into labor? How will you help your first-born ease into this big transition? What will you do when the baby needs to nurse and your toddler needs your full attention? Consultations can help you find answers to these types of questions and sustainable solutions for your growing family.