Traditionally, doulas have been associated with midwives and home birth or unmedicated "natural" birth, which is great if that's the type of birth you're planning, but what about everyone else? A Doulas of Memphis birth doula happily supports ALL kinds of hospital births. Need an epidural doula? Induction doula? Planning a c-section and looking for a cesarean doula? We've got you covered.
What is a cesarean doula, anyway?
A cesarean doula is a trained birth doula who is supporting you through a cesarean. There's no official title or special certification for a cesarean doula: all of our Doulas of Memphis doulas are trained through ProDoula, and that training encompasses how to support someone through this type of birth that roughly 1 in 3 birthing women experience. That's not a small minority, and we feel strongly that cesarean moms deserve the same level of support as any other birthing woman!
Women have cesareans for many reasons, but whatever the reason, cesarean birth falls into two categories: planned or unplanned.
The cesarean doula and the planned cesarean
Can you hire a doula if you're having a planned cesarean? Absolutely! After all, there's an entire pregnancy that leads up to those few hours surrounding your baby's birth, and then the need for support continues. If you are having a planned cesarean in Memphis and want the support of a doula, we are on call and available to you 24/7 the same as any other kind of birth. We're there for you throughout your pregnancy to provide emotional support, answer questions, connect you with resources, and to be excited for you as you anticipate your little one's arrival! Your doulas will talk through your plans for your birth, and even help you plan for when baby comes home. Hopefully everything goes on schedule and according to plan, but if for any reason your cesarean date changes, your doulas are on call and ready to come at a moment's notice.
On the day of your baby's birth, your on-call doula will meet you at the hospital and stay with you through the pre-op process, helping you and your partner get comfortable while you wait to go back to the OR. In most Memphis hospitals, only one support person may go back with you. Unless you have discussed otherwise with your OBGYN and anesthesiology team, your doula will wish you luck and greet you after your baby is born. In the recovery room, she will be there to assist you with breastfeeding, support you physically through any discomfort you may be feeling, and will be available to take care of any other little needs you have. After you are home, your doulas will come for a follow-up visit to see how you're doing and to answer any newborn questions you may have.
The cesarean doula and the unplanned cesarean
If you've hired a team of Doulas of Memphis doulas to support you through your birth, know that we are here for you and will provide continuous, unwavering support regardless of how you give birth. If plans change and you wind up giving birth by cesarean when you anticipated a vaginal delivery, our support stays the same. We will stay with you as long as we are allowed to physically support you, help you process any feelings and provide encouragement that you're making the best choice for you and your baby right now. We'll never make you feel like less of a mom because of the way you give birth because we believe birth is an achievement no matter what! We will never abandon you because of the choices you make or the outcome of your birth. We're there to support YOU. Your doula will meet you in recovery and assist you the same as she would for a planned cesarean delivery, and you will receive the same postpartum visit.
Postpartum doulas and cesarean recovery
Whether you anticipated your cesarean birth or not, a Doulas of Memphis postpartum doula can be a tremendous asset to you as you recover from surgery while tending to your new baby. Our postpartum doulas help lighten the load so you can focus on bonding with your baby and your healing. We'll take care of the little things and the household tasks and are available to help with baby care, basic breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, and to be a listening ear for you if you need to talk about your birth or ask questions about your recovery. Doulas of Memphis is proud to offer continuity of care in the form of birth and postpartum doulas.
If hiring a doula for your cesarean sounds right for you, contact us or give us a call at (901) 308-4888 and tell us how we can meet your needs!